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September 2012


On Oct. 1, Doing Good Together launches an exciting new initiative called Big-Hearted Families, and you can get a preview now. At the core are dozens of easy and engaging activities that make service fun. And they can be started at an early age. Research shows that such activities can help children learn about empathy, tolerance, gratitude and civic responsibility, and make "giving back" an everyday habit. Our hope is that, with involvement and new ideas from parents like you, BHF will become central to a national discussion on raising kind, service-minded children.                                                                             

  Jenny Friedman, Executive Director 

Big-Hearted Families is Here!
Serve and Learn
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Big-Hearted Families is Here! 

Make a Difference.....

Although our official launch is weeks away, you can start using the Big-Hearted Families website now. Here are simple ways to begin:  

Big Hearted Families

Serve and Learn 

Talk About It.....


As always, we focus particular attention on urging children to reflect on each service experience, so it becomes part of who they are. These ideas came from

the BHF website:

BHF Pithy Placemat
  • Print our special placemat. It has questions to make dinnertime more meaningful.
  • Talk as you go. After completing a project, ask your children what worked and what didn't, and let them know they have the power to improve the activity for the next child. Compose your comments together, then add them to the BHF website. 
  • Send us a photo or short video about your family doing a project together. Or ask your little artist to draw a picture or write a story about how they helped others. We'll post them to motivate other families.

Learn About It.....


Raising Happiness  

Christine Carter, author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, has been a big supporter of Big-Hearted Families. Thank you, Christine! We're huge fans of her book and the related website, where she shares lots of research-based tips for building happier families. We encourage you to read her book, take her online parenting class and follow her blog.





"Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection - 

or compassionate action." 


 -Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationship


News from DGT

News from DGT

DGT Wine Bottles  

YOU'RE INVITED! The annual DGT fundraising gala is set for Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Le Meridien Chambers in downtown Minneapolis. Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. We'll be featuring our traditional Wall of Wine Raffle, a silent auction, and fabulous entertainment. Not to mention hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer. Remember: Your generosity will enable us to help more families raise caring, compassionate children who give back to their community. Purchase tickets here and visit our website for more details.


Also, be sure to visit our fabulous ONLINE AUCTION. All proceeds will be used to support our mission-providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families raise kind, service-minded children.


P.S. Lots of new additions to the Big-Hearted Families website are in the works, including more projects, family service kits, a family book club, and parenting webinars. Like us on Facebook and follow our blog to keep up-to-date.



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