Announcing our Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winner for May 2023

Susan Melton Kindness Award Winner

Susan Melton, (Cheboygan, MI), spreads positivity with chalk art. Every day she leaves a positive message on sidewalks for everyone to see. What started as a summer project in 2011, has turned into 12 years of chalking and she’s still going strong. Amazingly, she hasn’t missed a day, she’s out there chalking positivity, even in wind, rain, or snow.  When asked how she dealt with the snow, she said,I scrape off the snow and I chalk fast.” Continue reading Announcing our Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winner for May 2023

We’re Happy to Announce our Kindness Grant Winner for March 2023

Kindness Grant Winner Rachael Rosenberg

Rachael Rosenberg (Los Angeles, CA) is the 17-year-old founder of Bundles of Kindness, a non-profit that provides care kits for the homeless. What started out as a community service project for her bat mitzvah is still going strong four years later, delivering bundles of supplies to the homeless in the Los Angeles area. Continue reading We’re Happy to Announce our Kindness Grant Winner for March 2023

We’re Happy To Announce Our Kindness Grant Winner for February 2023

kindness grant winner Taha Umar

Congratulations to Taha Umar who will receive $500 to fund his kindness project.

Note:  We’re still giving two grants, the second one will be announced in March so that we can shine the spotlight on one person at a time.  We’re able to do this because we have so many wonderful people who support us and believe in our mission.  We truly appreciate all of the donations that make this possible.

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We’re Celebrating!

$10,000 in kindness grants and awards

We’re thrilled to announce that we have now presented in excess of $10,000 in kindness grants and awards!  A huge thank you to the people who have won our awards and grants.  You’ve inspired all of us with your kindness and amazed us with your creativity, perseverance, and compassion, and shown us what a huge difference one person can make in the lives of so many.  

In addition, we’re grateful to every one of you for your support in believing in our mission of spreading kindness in Matt’s name and helping us keep his legacy alive.  

When we started MKRO in 2018 our goal was to highlight one person at a time four times a year by presenting 2 awards and 2 grants. 

Due to the generosity of our donors, we are now proud to announce that in 2023 we will be increasing them by committing to 4 awards and 4 grants per year.  We will also be going back to the original format of shining the spotlight on one person at a time, but instead of four times a year, we’ll post winners eight times a year.  

Our February grant winner(s) is coming up and this time you will see one winner in February and the other winner in March.  That way the entire spotlight will be on one person at a time.  

As we move forward we want to thank you for your continuing support. Matt’s kindness truly does ripple on! Keep nominating people who inspire you and submitting your kindness projects and we will keep giving our grants and awards.  

Is there someone who inspires you with their kindness?  Nominate them for the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award of $250.

Do you have an act-of-kindness project you want to do but need help funding it?  Submit your idea for the Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant of $500 and let us help you spread kindness.

Unleash Your Superpower on World Kindness Day

world kindness day

Doing small acts of kindness is your superpower! You don’t have to be a saint or hero to practice kindness.  The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of who you are. Every day you have a choice in how you are going to treat people, choose kindness.  Today, for World Kindness Day, if you’re not already doing this, I’m asking you to commit to doing small acts of kindness on a daily basis.  Continue reading Unleash Your Superpower on World Kindness Day

Announcing Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winners for May 2022

Kindness Award Winner Peter Mutabazi
Kindness Award Winner Valerian Hinkley

Thanks again to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners of our Kindness Award, Peter Mutabazi and Valerianne Hinkley.  Both of them go above and beyond to help others and we’re blown away by their compassion and selflessness. Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched the lives of so many.  They’re incredible and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family.


7 Inspirational People Who Make Kindness a Way of Life

Unexpected Kindness

News around the world has been particularly disturbing and stressful so now’s a good time to hear about people who make our world better with their kindness. We hear too much from the extreme voices in the news and social media, but they don’t represent us. Today I’m sharing with you a few nominations we’ve gotten of people who inspire us with their kind hearts. I wish we could give all of them Matt’s Kindness Awards, they so deserve it.  

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Courage and Kindness in Ukraine

Kyiv Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine, was a beautiful cosmopolitan city before the bombing.

It’s incredibly sad the Ukrainian people continue to suffer when all they want is freedom. In spite of Putin’s brutal and unprovoked attacks, the Ukrainian people have shown remarkable courage, strength, and hope. It’s been gratifying seeing the kindness of humanity, people reaching out all over the world to help in any way they can. Those kindnesses contribute to a sense of hope and help the Ukrainian people bear the unbearable as they fight for their freedom.

Here are stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Acts of kindness that are giving the world hope and acts of courage that are inspirational.

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