ABOUT THE MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION
In 2005, author Nick Katsoris wrote the first book in the Loukoumi children's book series about a fluffy little lamb named Loukoumi that just wants to make the world a better place. Since then the 8 book series has inspired children to follow Loukoumi the lamb's philanthropic lead.
Based on the books, Katsoris formed the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation, a 501c3 non profit organization that teaches and unites over 100,000 children annually to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others, by encouraging them to make a difference in their own voices for causes that mean something to them.
The Foundation's good deed programming is featured in a good deed curriculum at over 300 schools, on Loukoumi Good Deed Bus Tours around the country, at the Make A Difference with Loukoumi Exhibit at the Westchester Children's Museum and in the Make A Difference With Loukoumi Television special that aired on Fox stations nationwide.
The Loukoumi Foundation also teaches children to make a difference in their own lives by encouraging them to follow their career dreams! Through the Loukoumi Dream day contest children have watched a spaceship land on Mars, danced with Misty Copeland at the American Ballet Theatre, played football with the NY Giants, cooked with Chef Maria Loi, swam with the coach and members of the U.S. Men's Olympic Swim Team, and met Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few.
The eighth book in the series is the new environmentally themed book, "Loukoumi Saves A Park," narrated by 28 time Emmy Award winner Bob Costas. The Foundation will be rallying children to read the book and then organize their own park clean up projects.
This Fall, The Loukoumi Foundation will also be launching a treatment room and literacy program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the Loukoumi Foundation room, patients, who often miss several months or even years of school, will receive reading instruction while they receive their cancer treatments...and the beauty of this project is that it is funded by kids' donations. Children in schools nationwide are making caring cards for patients, while also donating $1 each to fund this very special project. Click here to download the pdf.
The Loukoumi Foundation is also teaming with the Tony Award winning Broadway musical "Come From Away" to inspire the next generation to pay it forward by publishing the new book "Inspiring Stories That Make A Difference" - a collection of 50 essays by children who are changing the world one kind act at a time. Read more about our partnership.
The Point of Light Foundation honored and credited the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation with inspiring a good deed movement, click here to read more.
We hope you will join the Loukoumi Movement and help us make a difference. We guarantee that it will put a smile on your face!
Other Make A Difference with Loukoumi partnerships.
- • The National Ladies Philoptochos Society
In 2012 Nick began an ongoing collaboration with the National Philoptochos, a philanthropic organization with over 500 chapters nationwide. Nick was invited to speak at their conference in Phoenix, AZ in July 2012 and has developed a Literacy Awareness program where the Philoptochos Chapters are selling the Loukoumi books to its members. For each Loukoumi book sold through the Philoptochos, Nick has been making a donation to their philanthropic organization (in addition to the donation made to St. Jude) for various literacy awareness projects and is also donating one book per book sold to their local charity of choice.
- • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Introduced to St. Jude by actress Jennifer Aniston, Nick Katsoris has donated proceeds from the last 4 Loukoumi books in the series to St. Jude. They have also collaborated on Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day and Nick has visited the Hospital in Memphis, TN on two occasions. When Loukoumi received the 2014 USA Weekend National Make A Difference Award Nick Katsoris donated the $10,000 check to St. Jude.
- • KIWANIS International
Nick was the keynote speaker at the Kiwanis International Conference in Vancouver, Canada in June 2013. He has since become a member of Kiwanis has collaborated with many Kiwanis clubs on various events.
- • PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully has recently been endorsed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and it will be used in a new Bullying Awareness program in schools across the country. Following readings of the book kids will be asked to take Pacer’s Kids Against Bullying Pledge.
- • Just Keep Livin’ Foundation
Oscar winning actor Matthew McConnaughey’s Just Keep Livin’ Foundation participated with the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation on 2015’s Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day.
- • Chefs for Humanity
Nick Katsoris serves on the Board of this anti-hunger charity formed by celebrity chef Cat Cora. Nick has donated part of the proceeds from Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook to Chefs for Humanity.
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