Kids and Philanthropy

Kandos High students volunteering for Kids Giving Back.

Kids Giving Back co-founder Ruth Tofler-Riesel says her organisation has a triple impact. “We impact the charity, we impact the kids themselves, because it is very empowering for kids to realise how much they can make a difference to someone, and we impact society at large,” she says.

Kids Giving Back marked its 5th anniversary recently with an event at Rough Edges, its homeless community partner in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

In five years the organisation has gone from a great idea Tofler-Riesel and her co-founder Carole Schlessinger shared while volunteering with their families in Thailand, to a unique Australian nonprofit that offers children aged six to 18 myriad ways to contribute to the community.

“Essentially 10,000 kids and their families have volunteered and 36,000 meals have been made for communities in need. We’ve partnered with more than 100 schools and charities, and we’ve done a lot of fundraising in that time,” Tofler-Riesel says.

Kids Giving Back recently received a $21,000 grant from the Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion.

“What this will enable us to…

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