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You can donate online by clicking here. We also accept checks made out to Riley’s Way Foundation and mailed to 30 Third Ave, Room 203, Brooklyn, NY 11227.

If you’d like to donate by other means (wire, stock donations, etc), please contact us via our contact page and we will be in touch.

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Visit CallForKindness.org for more information! Applications for 2024 will open in January 2024.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Leadership Retreat.

If you are interested in more information or attending, please contact Stephanie Kingston at sdore@rileysandler.org

Contact Lauren Shenkman at lshenkman@rileysandler.org to learn more.

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Call For Kindness FAQs

Yes! You can click here to watch the recording of our 2023 info session, where we talked about the Call For Kindness program and application, and shared tips and recommendations from Riley’s Way staff and current Call For Kindness Fellows.

Info sessions for the 2024 Call For Kindness will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Click here to start your application. You’ll be able to see all of the questions once you sign up, and can save your progress, review, and edit before submitting.

You can click here to download the questions in advance.

You can submit any project that is youth-led and inspired by kindness, drives change in your community, and builds connections. Past projects have ranged from social justice projects to clubs at school, and anything in-between. In 2024, we will be choosing ten projects focused on Education Equity, three awards in the special category, A Kinder World for Animals Award, and one in each of the other special categories: Interfaith Connections and Dance and the Arts. Click here to learn more about the Fellows from the 2023 cohort.

Any US citizen or DACA recipient between the ages of 13-23 can apply. Applicants must reside in the United States.

No. You can choose to submit a new project idea, or if you have a project you are already working on, you can apply to improve or expand your existing project.

Yes! You can apply as an individual or as a group. If you are applying as a group, you only need to submit one application. Please note that you can only be listed as an applicant for one project (but you are welcome to assist on any project). All members of your group will be included in the leadership development program (see other questions for details).

Through this link, you will be able to submit a written or video application describing your project. Submissions to the Call For Kindness close on March 25, 2024 at 11:59pm EST, and we will announce winners on May 6, 2024.

Yes! We ask that you submit a budget for the amount you are requesting during the application process. Here is a sample budget you can use to get started. Please keep in mind that if selected, the grant will be disbursed in two portions: half at the beginning of the Fellowship in May 2024 and the second half in November 2024, which is contingent upon the expectations outlined in the application.

For legal and tax purposes, we cannot provide the grant money directly to individuals. We hope that you are able to partner with a registered 501(c)(3) organization, which could be your school or a nonprofit organization, which will be your fiscal sponsor. The grant money will be awarded directly to your partner organization who will administer the funds to you.

We will ask for contact information for someone at your partner organization and a letter or email of support from your partner organization confirming that they will support your project (including fund distribution).

If you do not currently have a partner organization, this will not exclude you from eligibility. Riley’s Way will work with you to secure a partner through the Fellowship process.

If your project is already a registered 501(c)(3), you are exempt from requiring a project partner and you will receive the grant money directly.

The prize money can go towards expenses needed to implement or expand your project. You can spend the prize money in a variety of ways, such as: buying supplies to complete your project (i.e. food, books, or other materials), creating a website or designing an app, or hosting an event. However, you cannot spend the money to pay people for their time spent working on the project.

Winners will get notified May 6th via a virtual event! There will be a kick-off meeting on May 11 where all projects will come together to learn about the leadership development plan and what to expect over the next year. Partner organizations will be eligible to receive funds as soon as the program starts. Throughout the duration of Call For Kindness, winners will be able to meet with Riley’s Way staff for program support and attend monthly leadership development training.

As a recipient of the Call For Kindness grant, there are a few expectations. The Call For Kindness program is more than the grant. By becoming a Call For Kindness Fellow, you will be a part of a Leadership Development Fellowship. During the year, you will learn from experts, peers, and mentors about a variety of topics, and become a part of a cohort of like-minded peers. You will also have access to other opportunities, including press interviews, invitations to speak at workshops or on panels, and networking events.

The expectations of participating in the Call For Kindness Leadership Development Fellowship include:

  • Attending a monthly 60-minute virtual meeting, scheduled to occur on the second Thursday of each month, starting on May 11, 2024 (subject to change)
  • Attend the in-person Call For Kindness Retreat over a weekend in February 2025. Transportation and lodging are provided by Riley’s Way for this leadership Retreat (date & location TBD). The 2023-2024 cohort group’s Retreat was held in Atlanta, GA.
  • Attend quarterly meetings with Riley’s Way staff and/or your assigned mentor.
  • Submit two grant reports (brief updates) to Riley’s Way throughout the Fellowship.
  • Have fun! This Fellowship experience is designed to help you grow as leaders, but to also connect you to other amazing changemakers from across the country to build lifelong friendships and career networks. We want to make this experience as useful to you as possible, which is why each year we design the workshops and professional development opportunities based on what you want to learn. We also build in lots of room for fun and networking along the way with your cohort group.

Putting funding aside, Riley’s Way staff will also provide individual support to your programs and projects, connect you to outside supports, provide media and networking opportunities and much more! We will also provide monthly workshops covering different professional topics through the leadership development program.

Contact us at  callforkindness@rileysandler.org and we’re happy to help!