Read about the Ohio-based platform that's sharing only the good and shining a bright light in a sometimes dark world.
Sometimes it feels like the world has no good left in it. From the never-ending bad news cycle to the obstacles that throw themselves in the way of our daily lives, good news feels like a thing of the past.
But Jamie Foltz is aiming to change our focus from the bad to the good with Do Gooder, a media and special event company focused entirely on the good happening in the world.
“We believe that there is still good in the world and it’s our mission to share it with anyone who will listen,” says Foltz. “We print a quarterly magazine that showcases positive stories of people, companies, and causes that are making our world better.”
More than just sharing stories, however, Do Gooder also positions itself online as a resource for anyone who is looking to find more good in the world. Additionally, Do Gooder hosts events that give people and companies and opportunity to get out and do good, too.
“From Kind Kamp™, a day camp for kids and teens to learn about being a good human, to Joy Ride, a nationwide tour to give companies that chance to help us spread joy through 50,000+ acts of kindness, we’re focused on good vibes only,” adds Foltz.
The inspiration for Do Gooder comes from Foltz’s own personal experiences in the real world. She worked as the manager of the development team for 12 years at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House.
“Through volunteers, donors, and families that cared for each other, I got to see so much good,” she says. “But at the same time, I saw the world was getting more and more negative with each passing day. I knew that something needed to be done about it. And I knew that I could give people a place to stay connected to only the positive, only the good.”
Foltz is the one-woman show behind Do Gooder and says she’s self-declared positivity and adaptability as her superpowers.
“I firmly believe that one small, kind act will change the world,” she says. “That’s why I want to help anyone and everyone get out there to do good when they can. It doesn’t take a big check or a lengthy volunteer commitment to make change. It takes one person showing kindness to another. It takes people skipping the comments section when scrolling through social media. It takes understanding of each other’s unique experiences. It takes each person holding themself accountable for their mistakes, because we all make them, and not passing the blame to anyone within reach. And it takes us all recognizing that we’re far more alike than we are different.”
Do Gooder officially launched on February 1, 2019. The online platform went live in April 2019 when they shared their first story about a second-grader who was frustrated with his school’s playground so he created a cleanup club to make sure the space was usable for all students.
Other topics in the Do Gooder Digest are stories of good humans, good businesses, and good causes.
“In each issue, you’ll find Tear-and-Share Compliment Cards, a three-month Kindness Planner filled with ideas to go out and do good, The GOOD List, stories of those doing kind acts – big and small -, and images of all things good in our No Caption Needed section. And because we also believe that no one is perfect, our opinions section is titled (Pretty) GOOD Thoughts.”
Foltz says that she hopes people who read Do Gooder will find a bright spot in a seemingly dark world.
The topics covered in the Do Gooder Digest are unique in themselves.
“While there are many wonderful outlets for news and information, the only thing you’ll find in Do Gooder Digest is content to make you feel good about the world,” she says. “You’ll never read a story about tragedy or politics in our magazine. You won’t find instructions on how to lose weight or apply makeup. You’ll only find resources to inspire you to action, even if that action is simply to speak more kindly to yourself.”
Foltz also prides herself on the digital platform and audience Do Gooder has established. Since they aren’t focused on traffic or page activity, there isn’t an option to comment or like stories. They also do not use advertising plug-ins or affiliate marketers.
“If you read a story about a good company or a good product, it’s there because we believe in it, not because a company paid us to write about it,” adds Foltz. “We simply want to share the good and give everyone ideas and inspiration to do good too. Plain and simple.”
Foltz is looking forward to the future, especially after plans were postponed in 2020. She says they’re going to take their fresh start as host their inaugural Kind Kamp™, a day camp for kids and teens to learn about the Five Fundamentals to “Being a Giraffe” (Stand Tall, Wear Your Spots, Have A Big Heart, Treat Everyone Equally, Stick Your Neck Out For Others).
“We hope to give the younger generation a leadership opportunity that inspires them to do good too,” she says. “While we’re currently only scheduled for in-person Kamp in Columbus, we’re working on adding additional locations and even a less-costly virtual program. To learn more visit kindkamp.com.”
Additionally, Foltz and Do Gooder are launching their Kind Kulture™ program that gives organizations the opportunity to build a kinder culture in the workplace.
“It’s about making kindness a strength that everyone finds value in,” she says. “Because when we create kinder cultures, we create happier humans who just care more about their co-workers, their customers, their teams, and in turn their world.”
You can also share about the Do Gooders in your own neighborhood by visiting the website and clicking on Share a Story.