Host a "Do-Good" Party: Birthdays That Benefit

Groups That Make Charity Parties Easy

Happy Doll

Half the Sky Foundation
Founded to aid orphaned children in China, this nonprofit provides step-by-step party how-tos, including wording and logos for invitations and thank-you cards. Send an e-mail to volunteers@halfthesky.org to get started. Be sure to e-mail pictures of your child's bash to be featured on the site. halfthesky.org

HappyDoll
Each child at your party colors and decorates a doll ($25 for a kit) for a needy child here or in another country. The nonprofit then sanitizes the dolls and sends them on. The website even lets you track your creation's travels. happydoll.org

Kids Caring 4 Kids
Kendall Ciesemier, then 11, founded this group to help children in Africa who are impacted by AIDS. The $25 party-planning kit includes a DVD that shows guests how their donations make a difference, easy planning tips, and a CD with sample activities. kidscaring4kids.org

Milk + Bookies
Kids select and inscribe books that they then donate to underserved children in their community. The party kit "bookies box" ($30) includes balloons, "I donated" stickers, bookmarks, and more. milkandbookies.org

Ryan's Well Foundation
This organization, established in 2001 by 9-year-old Ryan Hreljac, brings safe water and improved sanitation to the developing world. You'll find lots of party ideas and free downloadables as well as tools for tracking donations and tips for educating party guests on water conservation. ryanswell.ca

Originally published in the June 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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