The Best of Doing Good Together™ 2016

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The Best of DGT 2016

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The Best of DGT 2016 
December  2016
DGT Best of 2016
Well, 2016 has been a stand-out year for DGT. We added another staff member, built wonderful community partnerships, offered dozens of workshops and events, and created new tools and resources to make "giving back" integral to every family's life. Just in case you missed them during the year, here's a roundup of our best tips, advice and projects ideas of 2016.
One quick note: If you believe DGT's work is valuable to you - and to a nation and world in need of more folks focusing on kindness and compassion - please take a moment to keep us growing by making a year-end donation. We are sustained by the generosity of those who use our resources, and we're deeply grateful to each and every donor.
-Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Enjoy these "best of" picks from 2016!

Kindness, Citizenship and the Election
Kindness, Citizenship and the Election
. The national election is over, but it's still critical that kindness wins. Learn how to ensure civility, pass on the best of our nation's values, and get great tips on talking to children about the challenging issues of citizenship.
Bullying and Bystanding
Bullying and Bystanding. 
Now more than ever, it's important that we teach (and model) life as an "upstander." Learn how in this timely blog post.
Embracing Failure
Embracing Failure.
 When kids are taught to embrace failure, they're more likely to take on new challenges and better cope with setbacks.
How Not to Raise Cheaters
How Not to Raise Cheaters.
 When 95% of high school students admit to cheating, how can you fight back? Learn some ways to assure your child isn't part of the epidemic.
Girl Power

Girl Power. If you want to raise kind (but powerful) daughters, read our August 2016 newsletter for ideas on how to do both well.


New Service Projects
New Service Projects.
 We continually add simple, fun ways to give back on our Pick a Project page. A few recent favorites: create a kindness quilt, go on a nature scavenger hunt, create a wishing tree and start a kindness journal.

DGT Mpls Foundation pint-sized-philanthropy
Pint-Sized Philanthropy
. Check out the fun, creative "kindness dates" we wrote about for the Minneapolis Foundation. Guaranteed to make giving back memorable for you and your kids (or grandkids!)
Here are some of our favorite big-hearted books (and book collections) of 2016. All would make good holiday gift-giving ideas, too. Books like these can stimulate meaningful conversations with your little ones. Such talks are some of the best ways we know to let your children know that your family stands for kindness and concern for others.
Last Stop on Market Street
The Journey
They All Saw a Cat
2016 Picture Books
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. A grandmother helps her grandson see the beauty in their impoverished neighborhood
The Journey by Francesca Sanna. The difficult and often wrenching story of a refugee family.
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. The gorgeous illustrations help the reader see the world through the eyes of different animals.
Wolf Hollow
When Friendship Followed Me Home
Raymie Nightingale
2016 Chapter Books
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. A powerful novel of one girl's compassion and strength in the face of bullying.
When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin. This sad but hopeful book, which deals with a variety of difficult issues, tells the story of Ben, a former foster kid, who befriends a quirky girl named Halley.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. A beautifully written story of loss and friendship.
2016 Book Collections
"There's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."
- Scott Adams, American cartoonist and satirist

SAVE THE DATE: Think Spring! Our annual fundraiser will take place at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 20, 2017. More details to come.

OUR SPECIAL GIFT TO YOU: Our DGT™ Blogger Sarah recently featured a post on the power of music to share kindness, create calm or inspire good deeds. Her playlist is available on YouTube and features a variety of songs, both familiar and unexpected. Please accept this Gift of Music with our thanks, and add some or all of our song choices to your family's playlist! 

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