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Ignite a Global Revolution of Virtues

by Virtues Project International Association
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Your support of “Ignite a Global Revolution of Virtues” is continuing to help VPIA build broad-based capabilities to facilitate the spread of virtues practices around the world. 

Your donations this year have made it possible for VPIA to contract with a web developer to begin reconstruction of The Virtues Project (TVP) website. This is the first step in creating the sort of website that can broadcast TVP strategies and wisdom far and wide.

Your gifts have also allowed us to engage a graphic designer to create a refreshed brand. This will be an important part of VPIA’s presence worldwide -- and also of the new website.

You have also contributed to energize and expand the number of TVP resources that can be translated. As VPIA begins to design an organizational framework for translations of key TVP products. Current initiatives include new materials in Italian, French, Swahili, and Argentinian Spanish. Your donation enables the foundational work to encourage new translations, ensure consistency, certify vetting and develop appropriate distribution mechanisms.

Ignite a Global Revolution of Virtues” also continues to support TVP groups with limited resources -- and other initiatives when opportunities present themselves. You are helping to grow the spread of TVP as an effective change-maker.

For all of these initiatives, your donations have provided start-up funding. But each will require additional funding to be able to take the next steps. Your continued support is appreciated.

You matter! Your contributions help to keep virtues alive throughout the world!

Thank you for your generosity!

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Thank you for your contribution to spreading The Virtues ProjectTM (TVP) around the world. Everywhere we go, we are seeing people, schools, communities -- and even businesses -- that are changing, becoming better versions of themselves! Are you seeing it too? 

Through “Ignite a Global Revolution of Virtues”, your gifts are building broad-based capabilities to facilitate the spread of virtues practices anywhere and everywhere.

One example is the August “Little by Little” appeal, which featured an initiative to energize and expand the number of translations of TVP resources. Your response has made it possible for Virtues Project International Association (VPIA) to begin to design an organizational framework for translations of key TVP products such as personal Virtues card decks and training guides. 

TVP materials have already been translated into at least 20 languages. Experience with these products shows clearly that it is very powerful to have materials in a familiar tongue. Lack of such material can be a severe handicap to spreading ideas -- even content and practices as life-changing as TVP.  VPIA encourages local groups to initiate needed translations. Your donation enables the foundational work to encourage new translations, ensure consistency, certify vetting and develop world-wide distribution mechanisms.

“Ignite a Global Revolution of Virtues” also continues to support website development (www.virtuesproject.com), TVP groups with limited resources, and other initiatives as opportunities present themselves to grow the spread of TVP as an effective change-maker.

You matter! Your contributions help to keep virtues alive throughout the world!

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Your response to our campaign for the website of The Virtues Project was amazing! We can now take the project through its first major phase of enhancement. With your help, a more engaging website can help spread the virtues everywhere.

Our focus this reporting period is on foundational work for changes to the website, www.virtuesproject.com. Just about everybody agrees that the current website is outdated and needs an extensive revamp to make it work better for the virtues community and to draw more people to The Virtues Project. The VPIA Board will begin by identifying and prioritizing the changes to be made. Preliminary objectives include: 1) to support virtues facilitators and champions around the world and 2) to expand awareness of the power of virtues practices well beyond the current virtues community.

Your donations have made it possible for us to engage a website developer who has already begun working with us to clarify and expand our vision for the website as a destination in which our global community can engage, educate, inspire and invite others. 

The work is expected to begin with creating a new look and feel for the website and upgrading current capabilities like master facilitator profiles and Virtues Connections. Many new functions are under review as well, like creating a facilitator community with access rights to specialized content or providing access to a wide range of resources that support virtues practices -- and many more.

If you have suggestions for website enhancements -- or if you would like to volunteer to help in any way -- please send an email to TVPwebsite2019@virtuesproject.com. While we can’t promise we’ll be able to implement all of the ideas we receive, we will review and treasure each input.

Thank you for enabling the first phase of this significant development. And keep looking for the exciting changes to come!

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Virtues are the inner qualities of a human being and everyone is born with all the virtues in potential. In the early childhood years, training and education, primarily from parents and then school teachers, allows for the development of these qualities. But how do we define them and help others understand and practice them?

There are hundreds of virtues that have been identified in The Virtues Project and Five Strategies were developed to promote the understanding and practice of virtues.  Then from their list of virtues, the Founders chose 52 virtues, one for each week of the year, and developed a parenting model and a school character education model utilizing 52 virtues and the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project.  In addition to The Family Virtues Guide and The Virtues Project Educator's Guide, a personal development book, A Pace of Grace, and an end of life book, Graceful Endings have also been published.  All the books help us to better understand virtues and how to practice them during the different stages of life.

The Five Strategies apply from the moment a baby is born to companioning another at the end of their life.  At every season, the practice of love, patience, compassion, excellence, devotion, joy, etc. allows each act and interaction to be meaningful. 

  • Speak the Language of Virtues
  • Recognize Teachable Moments
  • Set Clear Boundaries
  • Honor the Spirit
  • Offer companioning

You can learn more about the Five Strategies here.

To further understanding and practice, decks of virtues cards were created with a variety of suggested activities. The cards make learning and conversations fun! Each card defines a virtue and gives examples of how to practice that virtue.  Decks of cards have been developed for families, the classroom, personal use, interpersonal relationships, the workplace, faith communities, etc.  You can see a wide selection of cards at the Virtues Shop.  Some of the decks are also available as phone apps.  You can learn more at www.virtuescards.org.

Cards are being translated into many languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Fijian, Chinese, Swahili, Kiribati languages to name a few. The Virtues Project is growing and expanding its reach.  There are many calls for translations of our books, cards and other materials.  

Ignite A Global Revolution of Virtues is currently supporting the work being done to update the website, translate books, cards, and to develop phone applications. Thank you for your generous support of our project.  

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Since 1991 The Virtues Project has been bringing virtues, hope and guidance to families, schools and communities around the world.

As many of you know, The Virtues Project  began as a response to a school shooting in the United States.  The Founders were concerned with the growing violence among our youth.  They pledged to do something to make a difference and The Virtues Project  was born.    This project has been introduced in over 120 countries through the efforts of the founders initially and now continues through the efforts of its global network of facilitators. 

This year, Baltimore, Maryland gained 24 Virtues Project facilitators who are ready to bring the Strategies of The Virtues Project  to their schools and organizations to promote peace, unity, and understanding.  Your support helped fund Leaders Manuals for those new facilitators.  And in Faribault, Minnesota, facilitators continue a community development initiative to bring The Virtues Project to their entire community.  Your support helped reduce the cost of their teaching materials.

The Virtues Project is growing in Europe, Asia, Oceania and more.  Teaching materials in many languages are needed.  Your support has helped fund translations.  This coming year, The Virtues Project Global Mentorship will be held in the Netherlands.  Your support will help pay for scholarships to attend the mentorship where facilitators will gather for fellowship, sharing and learning from one another.  Friends are welcome to attend the mentorship.

Reaching the whole world with The Virtues Project™ is a great ambition. Small steps in Tanzania, Africa, and Fiji are yielding wonderful results.   Translation of the virtues cards in Swahili is currently happening in Tanzania.  Fiji is waking up their puppets to get them on radio and to travel around and demonstrate how the Strategies of The Virtues Project™ solve the problems of abuse, particularly of women and children. In Kenya, both school and community development projects are expanding and reaching out to neighboring communities.  Facilitators report back that schools are peaceful and loving learning communities, test scores are improving, truancy is low, parents are involved, and more.  Community Development initiatives are bringing groups of adults together to learn how to loving support one another as they gain skills to bring their families together and communities out of poverty.  Read more about our projects here.

In an effort to share the language of virtues with the masses, virtues apps in multiple languages are coming in 2019.  You can learn more at www.virtuescards.org.  And we have introduced a new deck of cards with practical application for home, school, and community.  Character Cards is our newest deck of cards available on the Virtues Shop.  Product sales help support our facilitators and the work of The Virtues Project on a global scale.  

Your charitable contributions have made our work possible, and with your continued support, we will do even more in 2019 to support our mission, Bringing The Virtues Project to the World.  We thank you for your kindness and generosity.  Wishing all of you a joyful and prosperous New Year!

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