Our Story

Hello! We're the Nowak family. My name is Beth and this is my husband, Andy. We have two young children, Harper and Frank. While teaching Kindergarten for 12 years, I noticed children whose parents made intentional efforts to help them help others possessed a higher level of social and emotional resilience than their peers. Wanting our children to develop similar levels of confidence and character, I began searching for resources that would take the guesswork out of giving back for our busy family.

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Unable to find any, I left the classroom to create Giving Families and its Good Mail Challenges... fun and easy, family-friendly activities that can be completed anytime, anywhere using materials readily available in most homes. Our goal is to help other parents make memories with their children while making a difference in their community too. If you're interested in strengthening your family's bond through shared moments of giving, and strengthening your community in the process, we'd love for you to join us!

Our Mission


Gently exposing children to the problems of our world will not depress them; it will make them grateful for what they have and eager to come up with some solutions. Besides, don't they deserve a chance to change the world BEFORE they grow up to inherit it?


Research shows children who observe their parents donating time and/or treasures to the causes they care about are more likely to do the same. But children who give back along side their parents are even MORE likely to engage their own children in similar activities.


Can you imagine what the future of our world would look like 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years from now if EVERY child grew up believing (s)he were capable of making the world a better place? Well that's our vision, and our mission is to make sure it happens ASAP!

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Children grow up believing they'll change the world. And they LOVE getting mail! Join as a member to receive our monthly Good Mail Challenge newsletter making it fun & easy for them to do both.

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Give the gift of giving! When you send a friend or family member a gift membership to Giving Families, they'll receive our monthly Good Mail Challenge newsletters in the mail too. Woo hoo!

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Whether you want to start a movement or support a cause, teach life skills or change the world, we can help! Contact us to learn more about the MANY programs we offer that support parents and children.

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