HOW WE GOT STARTED
At only nine years old, our founder Rachel Rutstein had already been hard at work committing her time to helping different nonprofits and discovering her passion for all things philanthropic. Although she found this rewarding, Rachel wanted to take things a step further and form one group focused on helping kids in a variety of difficult situations. Her approach, however, was unique: she wanted the kids to be in charge. There were nonprofits for specific causes and nonprofits run by adults, but no nonprofits that kids could run to help other kids. Rachel convinced her parents to allow her to found Creative Kids Care, Inc. By the time she was ten, Creative Kids Care, Inc. had become incorporated and received the government designation as a 501(c) 3 company. This status allows all donations to Creative Kids Care, Inc. to be fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We welcome our new national president Daniel Rutstein, as of December 2018, who has been involved in Creative Kids Care since its founding, having served as the Florida Chapter's president for several years.
HOW WE DO IT
The Creative Kids Care team raises funds by hosting events, from painting classes in Missouri to bowling parties in Florida to karate classes in Georgia, and selling gifts, from jewelry to greeting cards, created by kid volunteers. We then take the funds raised and donate them; each chapter president chooses where donations will be applied. The donations have to specifically improve a child’s life and are given only in the form of specific grants to other 501(c)(3) nonprofits dedicated specifically to helping children. We have supported programs that teach kids how to avoid being the victims and perpetrators of bullying, have helped children with chronic and terminal illnesses, and have helped children with special needs get adopted who would otherwise remain in foster care. What makes us unique is that our mission remains true to its origin and that is to help other kids. When kids work together, they make a difference.
Creative Kids Care Youth Volunteers
at December 1, 2013 Movie Fundraiser to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
OUR CURRENT CHAPTERS
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