Giveable Giggles’s mission is facilitating kids helping kids through setting up personalized programs focused on the outcome of laughter in the U.S.A. and abroad; the programs impact disadvantaged kids in a very positive way. A secondary mission is to ensure that the volunteers gain leadership and entrepreneurship skills, cultural understanding, and spread awareness about the importance of service.
Giveable Giggles was founded by then 8th grader Jessica Steinberg in 2008. Giveable Giggles gained its 501(c)3 designation (government recognized not for profit) in 2012. The vision behind the organization came to Steinberg after she attended a conference on global issues in the Fall of 2008 motivating her to give back to her community. She then combined her passion for making a difference with the powerful idea of kids helping kids to launch Giveable Giggles. Steinberg believes that giggles are the best type of medicine and that every child deserves the chance to smile and be happy. Therefore, she wanted to be able to GIVE GIGGLES to children all over the world. The organization has run humanitarian entrepreneurship leadership trips to the five different countries.
Q. Who do you serve?
Giveable Giggles serves emotionally, physically, academically, financially disadvantaged children in the U.S.A. and abroad. We have run programs in Israel, Jordan, Uganda, Argentina and Ecuador. Our youth volunteers have come from the U.S.A., Sweden, Spain, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and South Africa.
Our Current Impact: To date, Giveable Giggles has impacted over a 1,250 disadvantaged children in five different countries. The organization has enriched the lives of more than 20 volunteers. Through speaking engagements, Giveable Giggles’s mission has been shared with over 1200 youth and adults. The social media outreach is within six networks with a base of more than 1,000 followers.
Q. What is your proudest accomplishment?
The chain reaction of youth starting their own movement to generate positive change.
Q. What is Giveable Giggle’s greatest need?
Funding and individual university campus chapter leaders!
Q. What is your organization’s plan for the future?
Giveable Giggles intends to expand domestically onto thirty university campuses over the next five years. Through an increase in speaking engagements the awareness of GG’s mission will spread, which will generate more donations and enhanced fundraising results. The number of volunteers and children being impacted as well as the outreach of the organization will continue to grow. Research will further the knowledge the volunteers have to improve the quality and impact of the programs run. Our long-term goal is to establish Giveable Giggles communities in developing countries. These communities will run our programming during the entire year.