Pay It Forward – Our Write Side

September 24, 2015November 26, 2015

Our Write Side is all about paying it forward, especially within the writing community. Little random acts of kindness can turn someone’s dark storm into a burst of sunlight. This is why we support the Pay It Forward Foundation.

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.

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 “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.

The Foundation exists to foster the philosophy of the book in two key ways:

1 — Our Book Partnership provides copies of the Young Readers edition, published in 2014, for teachers, schools, and other learning environments, at no cost. Learn more about the Book Partnership here.

2 — Through this website, and other social media platforms, (Facebook & Twitter) we encourage acts of kindness among people all around the world. We share encouragement, and stories from friends like you, who are making the philosophy part of your everyday activities. Learn more in the News & Updates section. We can all use daily encouragement to show kindness.

We do this because we want to foster a society that is more caring, more giving, more forgiving. We believe a more charitable society is good for all of us. Those with much and those with little.

We hope you will register to Be Involved. 

We hope you will make a gift to support the movement.

We hope you will Pay It Forward.