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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Target demographics: We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.

Geographic areas served: Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health.

Programs: Playworks partners with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Playowrks is an integral part of our Positive Behavioral support plan for East Midvale Elementary. They teach our students how to be safe respectful and responsible. They also encourager prosocial behavior and skills that help to resolve conflict in a fun and exciting way.



Rating: 5

I joined Playworks as a leadership council member for multiple reasons. A major one is that the principles and lessons learned through playworks is vital to the success of our future entrepreneurial community and workforce. The ability to lead, collaborate and work together is what will take us economically to the next level. A close second is because playing is fun. Having fun and being able to have fun as a child goes a long way. Last but not least, I use rock paper scissors to solve every and any conflict imaginable. It could range from a dumb bet to major business decision. It always works.


Rating: 5

I've participated in, and worked with numerous non-profit organizations and Playworks is easily one of the best I've ever experienced. The energy of the staff is infectious and the results life altering for participants. It solves so many issues in such an easy way, it's easy to understand why the program is expanding so quickly.


Rating: 5

It is such a genuine pleasure to consult with Playworks because the staff is so passionate about what they do from top to bottom. Seeing them implementing change so effectively through their innovative model is really exciting and rewarding. This org walks the walk!