The Pay It Forward Foundation is a 501 c3 Non-Profit Organization, established in September of 2000, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of the 1999 novel, Pay It Forward. The next year brought the success of the motion picture Pay It Forward, which starred Mr. Kevin Spacey, Ms. Helen Hunt, the adorable Haley Joel Osment and even Jon Bon Jovi.
This site will tell you all about the work of the Pay It Forward Foundation.
The philosophy of Pay It Forward is that through acts of kindness among strangers, we all foster a more caring society. In the book, Reuben St. Clair, a social studies teacher in Atascadero, California, challenges his students to come up with a plan to "change the world". That's something we would all like to do, right? What if we could change the world, even in some small way? One of the students in the class is Trevor, who takes the challenge to heart. As he goes about his day, he wonders what he could do, just a twelve year old student, to change the world. He starts by showing kindness to a stranger, and from there, moves on to the next person he can help.
We each have the opportunity every day to show someone kindness. We can share a meal with someone. As we have heard about in the news, we can buy someone a Starbucks coffee. We can volunteer with a program to clean up our community. We can volunteer to help someone learn to read or find a job.
No matter where we live, anywhere on the planet, we can show kindness to those in our community.
You can learn more about the Pay It Forward Foundation on this site. We hope you will register and be involved.
Some visitors (PC users, as well as some mobile devices, including phones and tablets) will see the menu bars in the upper left corner. We invite you to navigate through the site using this menu. To access, click on the menu and choose which section you want to visit first. The menu will appear in the same place on each page.
What will you do to Pay It Forward and start a ripple effect of good deeds? Show your support and commitment to the movement by wearing the official Pay It Forward bracelet. Order yours today!