7 Charities Founded By Children That Are Inspiring Us All

These kids are truly remarkable! They all saw a void and filled it with charities that are helping others! Check out these 7 charities founded by unbelievable children.


1. The Ladybug Foundation

Mission: End homelessness.

Founded by Hannah Taylor at age 8.

The Ladybug Foundation

When Taylor was five years old, she saw a man eating out of a garbage in the middle of winter. The sight filled her with sadness and the repeating question of "Why?" Hannah wondered whether homeless might end if everyone shared what they had. Three years later, she created The Ladybug Foundation, an organization that asks businesses for spare change to give to the homeless. To date, it has raised over $2 million. The most simple and powerful part to the story is the beginning. When Taylor's mother noticed how bothered she was by learning that some people have no home, she told her, “Sometimes when you worry and feel sad about things, if you do something to change the problem, your heart won't feel so sad." Sounds like good advice for anyone.

2. Free the Children

Mission: End child labor

Founded by Craig Kielburger at age 12

Planet S Magazine

While he was looking for a comic in the paper, Kielburger found the story of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani boy who was sold into slavery at the age of four. When he was freed at age ten, he became an activist for children's rights all too soon before he was murdered. According to the Free The Children website, Kielburger was inspired by the sizeable voice that came from a small body such as Masih's. His charity was born after he gathered a group of seventh grade classmates to free children, empower children, and help them believe that a lack of years cannot keep anyone from effecting change.

3. Alex's Lemonade Stand

Mission: Find a cure for childhood cancer

Founded by Alexandra "Alex" Scott at age 4

ALSF

Cancer patient, Alex Scott, simply made up her mind that she wanted to help find a cure for her disease. Like many kids who want to raise money, she took to her front yard to sell lemonade. Since she first set up shop, her little stand turned into a national fund-raising movement, complete with a staff, a board of directors and celebrity endorsers. Sadly, Alex passed away in 2004 at the age of eight. Her legacy lives on as ALSF continues its mission to help find a cure.

4. Kids Saving The Rainforest

Mission: Save the rain forest (SUHprise)

Founded by Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone at age 9

Quepolandia

What started as a small craft-stand on Costa Rican roadside eventually grew into a non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment. In the beginning, Licare and Livingstone sold painted rocks in 1999 to raise money for their noble cause evolved into an organization running several programs that promote environmental education, protect wildlife, and preserve the natural habitats of the rain forest. All their hard work has seen results: according to a recent study, the endangered titi monkey's population has gone from 1,200 to 3,700.

6. Hoops of Hope

Mission: Find a cure from HIV/AIDS

Founded by Austin Gutwein at age 9

Hoops of Hope

In 2004, Gutwein watched a video of children in Africa that lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. He realized that the only difference between him and these children was that they were suffering. He was so moved by their stories that he decided to do something to help them. According to the charity's website, he shot 2,057 free-throws on World AIDS Day in honor of the 2,057 children that would likely lose their parents on that given day. Through sponsorships from his friends and family, Gutwein raised nearly $3,000, all of which went to the aid of 8 orphaned children. Since then, people have joined his cause and, together, have raised over $3 million. The funds raised are used to provide orphaned children with access to food, clothing, shelter, a new school, four dormitories, two computer labs, teacher houses, and two medical testing facilities which Austin was told would save an entire generation.

7. One More Generation

Mission: Save the planet and its wildlife

Founded by Carter and Olivia Ries at ages 8 and 7, respectively

Carter and Olivia Ries wanted to make a difference. When Carter was 8 and Olivia as 7, their aunt adopted two cheetahs for them from South Africa. It was then they learned the significance of endangered species and why it was even necessary for the two children to adopt a wild animal. After weeks of research, the duo decided to start their own non-profit, OMG: One More Generation, to help educate young and old about the plight of endangered species, so they could be here with us for generations to come. Today, these audacious children have traveled the world spreading their message and have even developed a curriculum for elementary school students to help develop their awareness of environmental issues and implement healthy habits that will keep our planet thriving for the next generation...and beyond!

For more inspiring stories, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.

This Hero Is Making Sure That The Theater Will Survive - Only Good Heroes (E17)

OnlyGood TV's original series "Only Good Heroes" is a place where you'll meet some remarkable individuals and organizations who are making a huge difference in communities across the country, sparking action that pulls people together to battle the impact from this pandemic.

In this episode, host Lucia Nazzaro talks with actor and musician Barry Pearl who is using his own funds as well as working with other artists to provide support for fellow performers who are struggling due to the shutdown of live performances and their severe loss of income during the pandemic.

Keep reading... Show less

Boston’s North End Institution That Treats You Like Family – Polcari’s Coffee

** In recognition of National and International Coffee Day, we would like to share a story of one of our favorite local businesses that have been boosting up residents in the North End of Boston with their coffee blends for almost a century! **

This Little Italy neighborhood in the North End of Boston is dotted with stores from an earlier, simpler time that have a genuine, authentic feel. Bobby Eustace, the owner of one such store, relishes the enjoyment he sees in the eyes of his customers as they take in what he calls the "orderly disarray" of his shop where you can find rare spices, deli meats, candy, pasta, and a wide selection of coffees, their specialty. When you cross the threshold and take a deep breath of the unique mix of aromas, you know you have arrived at Polcari's Coffee.

Keep reading... Show less

Immunity Explained - Simplified with Josh McBride

This summer is unlike anyone we've ever seen. So, how are we supposed to deal with mask-wearing in this kind of heat and humidity? What can we do to make this unique and crazy summer the best one ever? OnlyGood TV is launching a new series called Simplified that both entertains and demystifies what is going on in the world to help you be ready to handle the new normal. It will also help you with the everyday stuff, so no stress!

Simplified is hosted by nationally recognized television host and producer, In this episode, Josh reinforces a fact of life in today's world - keeping your body's immunity strong is a key to staying healthy. Watch to pick up his tips on sleep, diet and exercise.

Keep reading... Show less

Gold Star Moms Share The True Meaning of Memorial Day

What is the REAL meaning for Memorial Day? Every Memorial Day we get a long weekend, spend time with friends and family, BBQ's and take boat rides, but forget so often what this day is REALLY for.

Keep reading... Show less

Mom Raises 15 Kids with Love and Faith

Lyette Reback was an only child, but when she married her college love after only a few short months together, she knew she wanted a large family. Meet the Reback family -- complete with 15 kids!

Keep reading... Show less

A Mother-Daughter Duo Spreads Happiness With Their Amazing Creation

"There's something about words that are so powerful, that can touch something inside of us, that can shift our perspectives." Those words, which are powerful themselves, are how Pam Robertson explains the rapid success of a simple idea that she and her daughter came up with, an idea that was inspired by their personal experiences with the emotional power of beautiful strings of words.

Keep reading... Show less

Texas HS Quarterback's Uphill Road to the NFL – OG Sports with Scott Stanford (E1)

OG Sports is OGTV's brand new series all about the inspirational sports stories you love to hear. Veteran Sports anchor Scott Stanford will interview unique and uplifting sports heroes and members of organizations who, in their own way, are trying to change the world for the better through sports.

In this premiere episode, Scott talks to Houston Christian High School quarterback Calder Hodge and his mom Kayla. Calder is your typical Texas teenager who loves all sports, especially football, his family, and all things Texas. What's not typical is that Calder is a double amputee who straps on his helmet as well as two prosthetic legs before he takes the field! Watch this coming of age story of a young man who is smashing through barriers and making strides toward his big dream of becoming an NFL QB.

Keep reading... Show less

Traveling Piano Man Finds The Key To Life!

Music and the freedom to see new places opened a young man's eyes to a life of inspiration! Five years ago, Dotan Negrin quit his steady and stable 9-5 job day job in New York City to travel around the world with his piano.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

* OGTV Top Stories *

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter