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Kids

People think I’m just a kid, but I’m more than that – I’m a hero too! I found out that there are kids just like you and me that don’t even have enough to eat every day. So I decided: instead of some of the presents I usually get at my birthday party, my friends would donate money, in my name, to a local food pantry – that’s like a free grocery store for people who don’t have enough money right now. I have so many toys I don’t even use, that I had way more fun from having a party I knew would help people. This cool website full of games and stories will let me find out about other ways for my friends and me to be heroes at my next party. Try it!

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  1. Play Games, Read Stories, Have Fun on How About Now?
  2. Host a Giving Party on your Birthday
  3. Feel Great! You’re a Helping Hero

1. Play Games, Read Stories, Have Fun on How About Now?

How About Now? is your very own amazing playground, cool library and great science lab all wrapped up into one. Play games, read amazing stories about all kinds of people and projects who need your help and discover ways you can become a helping hero – which is an even more awesome version of you.

2. Host a Giving Party on your Birthday

Do you remember how great you felt when someone did something really special for you? Now is your chance to do the same for another person, by hosting your own giving party. You can host a party on your birthday, a holiday or any old day that YOU decide should be special. You just ask your friends and family to make donations, in your name. Those donations will be used to help clean beaches, feed hungry kids, save gorillas – almost anything – but it all helps someone! Ever have someone thank you for being awesome? Get used to it!

3. Feel Great! You’re a Helping Hero

You’re a problem solver! You’re JUST the kind of person the world needs today! You’re not only learning a lot about what the world needs, you’re helping to make things happen! You’re helping your friends – and even their parents – to be more active caregivers of this place we call home. You know what? You ARE awesome.

Parents

Our job is to raise our children in the best possible way we know how. But life is busy - between school, sports, homework and chores, we don’t find the time to teach our children about homelessness or underfunded schools or childhood hunger… And though a child’s first emotion is empathy, that can be lost if we don’t spend time helping them to think about others. We need a convenient way to connect our kids to social issues so that thinking of others – giving – can become a habit. Not only will they feel great now, but also joy itself is habit-forming, and we know one day they’ll be happier adults with giving as part of their lives.

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  1. Choose Charitable Birthdays with Your Child
  2. Use HAN? to teach them about social issues
  3. Nurture empathy, Raise Caring Children

1. Choose Charitable Birthdays with Your Child

Choosing to host a charitable birthday party with your child is a growth experience for everybody – both fun and meaningful. And there’s a purely practical side to it, too: less running around, one easy place to get party supplies, less unneeded toys piling up – even less of all the predictable unknowns that make hosting a party exhausting. We’ll provide step-by-step party planning tools, access to age-appropriate non profit-supported causes, and the feeling of satisfaction that comes from giving help where help is needed. And the time you spend with your own kid, helping them to learn to be an amazing person… well.

2. Use HAN? to teach them about social issues

How About Now? not only offers a planning portal that helps you and your child throw a great party, but also a whole world of games, stories and interactive adventures that will teach your child (through play) about social issues they’ll care about. Is that gonna work? Yep. If your kids are like ours, they’re just loaded with a natural empathy they seem born with. All it takes is for them to look out a different window, and when they see something that touches their hearts, their hearts lead. Our non-profit partners will be helping us gently weave new perspectives into the content your kids and you can share, opening windows into the world… windows that, for children, stories and games open widest.

3. Nurture empathy, Raise Caring Children

High on most parents’ priority list is helping their children learn to socialize and to care. Lucky for us, empathy is the strongest emotion young children possess – they’re practically designed to care. Yet many parents feel a gnawing fear that they aren’t actively creating or recognizing opportunities to nurture their child’s natural inclination to care.

That gnawing fear is an indicator of great parenting instincts: statistics show that philanthropic parents raise children who are just as giving (no pressure!) and that kids who learn to care and give when they’re young make a lifelong habit out of it. And – big surprise – there are loads of studies that prove that people who are givers get more happiness than those that are getters. So helping our kids learn the habit of giving is like dipping ‘em in a big old vat of happy. Science says so.

Non-Profits

Non-profits are groups of caring people whose mission isn’t making money – it’s solving problems. We work on problems like polar bears in danger of becoming extinct and keeping oceans clean. But we can’t solve problems unless people work together. That’s where you come in. Non-profits use money received as donations to fix problems… Sometimes they come from people like your parents or from Foundations, but they can also come from kids like you and your friends. With your energy and caring and the donations you collect at your birthday, you can join our “team” and help make things better.

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  1. Tell Your Story on Our Website
  2. Receive Support from Charitable Birthdays
  3. Cultivate Lifetime Donors

1. Tell Your Story on Our Website

The more people that hear your story, the more support you build for a cause that matters – that much is obvious. But we want your story to be heard almost as much as you do. So here’s how we’re going to help connect people to your story and your cause:

  • We’ll host a profile article about your non-profit: mission, goals and vision.
  • Share age-appropriate content that you contribute.
  • If you’re into it, we’ll help you integrate stories related to your cause into game-play and online stories.
  • Our techs will help organize feeds from your site, your blog or your newsletters that will be visible to parents and kids using the How About Now? site.
  • And more stuff we haven’t even thought of yet!

2. Receive Support from Charitable Birthdays

HAN? will offer your group unique exposure to a younger generation. If they host a party with your cause as the theme, you’ll get the donations raised as gifts from their guests. Although your monthly revenue initially may be sporadic, the relationships we help you build with youth and families will have impact over time. Each birthday party hosted thru HAN? will expose a handful of kids and their parents to your cause – and the cost to your non-profit is minimal. Why not pursue your mission of educating others about your cause and get a little boost from an enthusiastic young supporter (and all her friends) once in a while? In time, that handful will become two, then four, then… who knows? We’re shooting for a full-on army of young givers that come of age with your cause in their hearts.

3. Cultivate Lifetime Donors

Awareness is a win. Just getting your message out to receptive, caring young people gives them an opportunity to empathize. That empathy can turn into support whether you’re selected for their party theme this year… or not. It’s a win either way. But when you connect with the families that really relate to what you’re doing, and they ask all their friends and family to give to your cause on that special day, you’ve just planted a pile of fertile seeds – seeds that will grow into adulthood. Either way, you’re building the potential to cultivate lifetime donors – and helping to create a new generation of caring, connected people that are in the habit of helping others.

Donors

I donate money so I can help the causes I care about - causes that affect our planet and all of us. In order to give really large amounts to non-profits, donors like me often get together in groups called “Foundations” or work through the corporations that employ us. Our job is to help non-profits to make big plans that allow them to fix problems around the world with donations provided by kids like you. I give because I care and hope you do too.

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  1. Help Build How About Now?’s Website
  2. Impact the Biggest Influencers in Society: Kids
  3. Generate Thousands of Lifetime Givers

1. Help Build How About Now?’s Website

You wouldn’t think just building a website could be worthy of support – after all, you could be supporting any number of great causes that need help. But you know the “domino effect”? You tip the first game piece and it causes a chain reaction of collapse… Well, that’s the way the world has been going for too long. We think of our website as a very specially designed tool for building just the opposite. With your support, the first domino will stand, it pushes two more to their feet, and those four others, and on and on until there’s an army of young givers, all carrying forward the same generous habit of giving that grew in you. Each of them giving and supporting the worthy causes that you might have supported this year instead of HAN?. We’re playing the long game here, because it’s time for a game-changer.

2. Impact the Biggest Influencers in Society: Kids

Some kids, you tell them ants are going extinct and they’ll start breeding them. Kidding aside; kids care. Their boundless energy and natural empathy are a powerful combination, but they also have something extra that we don’t. When we grew up, even Earth Day wasn’t invented. Today, kids are learning about global climate change in third grade. And they’re making us toe the line. Besides scolding us when we don’t recycle properly, just looking at their fresh, young faces and trying to picture the world of their future is its own call to action. And, with the evolution of parenting standards driving today’s parents to be ever-more sensitized and attentive than our own parents ever might have been, there’s no arguing that these kids carry a big stick.

3. Generate Thousands of Lifetime Givers

Kids. There are lots of them… oodles in fact. Donors to How About Now? will be helping to harness the power and the foundation of awareness that all of these kids will grow up with. Since studies long ago discovered that that kids who learn to give when they’re young make a lifelong habit of it, there’s a great chance that support of How About Now? will have exponential potential – helping to open thousands of hearts to a lifetime of giving – all from one gift of support made today. And by the time they have kids of their own, the support to HAN? that got this generation hooked on the habit of giving will not only have multiplied many times, it will be something the next generation will know like their own heartbeats.