Frequently Asked Questions

What does RAK stand for?

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Who is RAK?

Established in 1995, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) is an internationally recognized nonprofit headquartered in Denver, CO, dedicated to inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. RAK provides free online resources to encourage acts of kindness across the globe, specifically in school communities.

What are RAK’s goals?
  1. To inspire others to be kind.
  2. Legitimize kindness as a way to improve society.
  3. Be a highly-regarded, visible social and emotional learning education program.
How is RAK funded?

RAK is privately funded through an endowment.

How many people work at RAK?

Although we have an international reach, we are a small, yet effective team. RAK currently has three full-time employees.

How many people are connected through RAK? (as of January 2014)

Facebook: 142,000
Twitter: 8,000
Pinterest: 2,500
Website: 6,000 visitors/week
RAKtivists: 500 and counting
Schools: 6 continents, 10,000 teachers and 30,000 students

What are RAKtivists?

The Foundation’s activists. RAKtivists believe that kindness can change the world and exemplify that in their day-to-day lives. The RAKtivist program recognizes these individuals and creates a community for kindness to flourish. Apply to be a RAKtivist.

What is International RAK week?

RAK Week is a worldwide celebration of kindness that takes place the second full week in February eachyear.

When are other important calendar dates for RAK?

Although we encourage everyone to practice kindness daily, here are a few special opportunities to do so:

National School Counselors Week: February 2-6, 2015
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8, 2015
World Kindness Day: annually on November 13.

Additional Information

Interested in world kindness?

We offer kindness ideas, inspiring videos, quotes, stories, and other ways to get involved.

Interested Bringing Kindness To Your School?

Visit our Educators for free K-12 evidence-based, hands-on lesson plans, kindness club kits and activities. The activities include downloadable graphics, how-to videos, inspirational quotes and project ideas.

Can kindness really improve society?

Visit our Kindness Research collection for research and studies describing the science of kindness.