Touching Heart teaches children the importance of – and inherent joy in – helping others. Through its signature program, Kids on a Mission, children and teens team up with a Touching Heart coach to plan and host a fundraising event that benefits a cause of their choice, selected from a list of pre-screened, child-focused nonprofits. These young leaders develop practical skills (budgeting, marketing, speech-writing) while raising money for children in need, and Touching Heart covers 100% of event costs. Programs for elementary, middle, and high schools incorporate age-appropriate curricula about issues children face (homelessness, hunger, lack of clean water), and empower students to take on related service or fundraising projects. Art of Giving workshops give kids the opportunity to learn about and address social concerns with a simple action step, such as packing lunches for a local shelter. Compassion and kindness: these are gifts that keep giving.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; Internationally

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Not applicable

  • Number of children who have experienced the joy of giving through participation in a Touching Heart program:   3,000
  • Number of children in need who have been helped through Touching Heart's programs:   12,000
  • Total children impacted since Touching Heart was founded in 2010:   15,000

Awards & Recognition

-Touching Heart Founder, Helen Yi, featured in The Loudoun 100 Book, September 2017
-Finalist for Best of Reston Award 2017
-Nominated for two 2016 Benchmark Awards from Volunteer Fairfax, April 2016
-Kids on a Mission, Minecraft for a Mission appeared in Herndon Connection, February 2016
-Touching Heart Founder, Helen Yi, received the Sophistique Award for her humanitarian work, February 2016
-ABC Network, Harris’ Heroes feature, September 2015
-NBC Network feature, May 2015
-Nonprofit of the Year Award by Asian-American Business Chamber of Commerce, February 2015
-Viva Tysons Magazine, 2015
-Fox News Network “Beyond the Dream” segment, July 2014
-Fairfax County Corporate Volunteer Program Award, 2014


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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Touching Heart is: Less than $500k

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