In the first year of Kidpower, I confessed to my friend Robert, who is one of our Founding Honorary Trustees, that I felt uncomfortable about having to ask people to donate.

In an indignant voice, Robert told me, “You are just going to have to get over it, Irene! What if any of us saw a child about to be harmed? We would want to do something to protect that child! Helping Kidpower is a wonderful way to do that!”

And of course, my friend was right then, back in 1989, and is still right now.

Every dollar you give to Kidpower helps to protect kids and people who used to be kids from harm and empowers them to take charge of their safety and well being.

So, if you haven’t donated already, please take a moment to do so today.

Whether this is the first time you have donated or have already donated in the past, I am grateful to each of you who have helped Kidpower through your gifts of caring, time, money, and sharing the ‘People Safety’ skills and strategies we teach with others.

Together, we can make a lasting difference in countless lives.


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Published: December 31, 2017   |   Last Updated: December 31, 2017

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.