Parents FAQ

Here are some FAQs about the Challenge. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please email us at info@thinkgiveproject.org.

Note: This page is intended for parents of children who are participating in a Challenge through their school or extracurricular group, as well as parents who are running a Challenge on their own.

The Challenge is currently designed for students in grades 4-8.

The Challenge fits into any broader Character Education or Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, which is defined as “the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively.” The Challenge can serve as a platform for teaching broader SEL ideas and concepts.

Technically, there is no limit to the size of a team. A team could be one class or two or more classes together. We recommend a team size of 10-40 students to promote familiarity among students and peer-to-peer collaboration (both good friends and those not typically in the students’ social circles).

The Challenge is password-protected. To join a team, students are asked to provide their first and last names and their email address. However, all names appear on the site simply as the first name and the last initial, and all email addresses are erased from the system six months after completion of the Challenge. Only the teachers involved in the designated Challenge and ThinkGive staff can see full names. If you would like more information on the platform security, please contact us at info@thinkgiveproject.org.

Ideally, yes. The program is called a Challenge for a reason. It’s okay to miss a prompt; however, remind your child that if he/she wants to gain from the Challenge and to be an active team member—by filling out give-figures, building up the Team Page, and giving and receiving feedback—he/she needs to give. Furthermore, to earn a virtual ThinkGive badge, which is posted on the My Page at the end of the Challenge, he/she needs to give 100% of the time.

We designed the Challenge with a few goals in mind: to provide young people with a way to give that is meaningful in the context of their lives; to offer an environment where the inspiration to give comes from within; and to inspire young people to learn from their own actions and from each other. Students who complete the Challenge will be affected in very different ways. Some may finish unaffected. Most emerge with a stronger awareness of others and a greater sense of their own power to make change occur through kindness and giving. We want these feelings of accomplishment and pride to emerge from within the child rather than from any sort of external prize. This is the true takeaway and will inspire the lasting change in how these young people live their lives.

Initially, students will likely find the exercise to be easy and will give within their comfort zones to close friends and family. As the prompts encourage giving beyond this zone, some students maybe become frustrated. They are being asked to be more introspective. Encourage your child to step into the courage zone; this is where the learning happens. When a student feels a sense of accomplishment in giving, his/her vision will likely begin to shift. Their awareness of others will increase, and they will look outside of their close circle of friends and family to their greater community. They will go through their days open to and even seeking giving opportunities, and their concept of philanthropy will mature.

Encourage your child to step into the courage zone by thinking in a broader and bigger and bolder way. Rather than suggesting a specific gift, recommend that he look at the giving ideas interspersed throughout the website and think creatively about how to act on one. Or encourage him to think of a kindness she he experienced that he might want to share with someone else.

Remind your child of the importance of small acts. Even the seemingly tiniest act of kindness can have a huge impact. Remind him/her that there is no way of knowing which acts will hold significance for whom or how great the potential impact will be.

Your child’s teacher has access to all gifts and comments so that he/she can easily identify problem areas. Further, the teacher will inform students that both he/she (and possibly you) will be viewing the Challenge to ensure that all conversation remains positive and inclusive. This is a learning opportunity for developing responsible digital citizenship.

Yes. Just go to the Bring the Challenge page and complete a sign-up form. We will be in touch to walk you through setting up a Challenge.

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