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Our Favorite Student-led Nonprofits in DFW

One of the best ways for students to give back are through projects that serve specific needs in their immediate communities. As their efforts expand, they often need to organize their passions and interests as nonprofits. Here are our favorite student-led nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that strive to leave an impact on their community. 

Toys for Texans

To rekindle curiosity and wonder into the lives of underprivileged children, high school students Piyush Chintalwar and Carson Sheffield started Toys for Texans in 2021 by initiating a two-week book drive for the Samaritan Inn. Throughout the years, Toys for Texans has grown to make a significant impact on the North Texas region by creating the Little Library Program, hosting a fundraiser haunted house event in 2022, and organizing holiday gift-wrapping events. To date, Toys for Texans has served 10,000+ children and continues their philanthropic endeavors by expanding their outreach to high schools in the DFW area to better the lives of countless youth, one toy at a time.

Learn more about Toys for Texans here.

Eunoia for All

High school juniors Suhani Shah and Vishwa Thakor established Eunoia for All to engage in philanthropic efforts to serve the underprivileged youth community. In particular, Eunoia for All aims to mitigate youth disparities through community enrichment. From their Scottish Rite toy drive to the Smiles for All Initiative, Eunoia for All strives to enhance the lives of youth in the North Texas region and beyond. Suhani and Vishwa aspire to magnify the impact of their operations by collaborating with hearing impairment schools in India to provide supplies and support for underprivileged children.

Learn more about Eunoia for All here.

PrePAIR Mentors

Aiming to impact students’ lives through mentorship, Nishi Soni started PrePAIR Mentors in 2022 to champion diversity and inclusion through small group lectures and mentoring experiences. PrePAIR Mentors has left a substantial impact on the DFW region through their full-time STEM mentoring program that connects mentors with young students who compete in science fairs and math competitions. Aside from mentorship endeavors, PrePAIR Mentors has initiated projects such as the We Got Your Back Supply Drive, which strives to distribute school supplies to disadvantaged areas in Nigeria, Guatemala, and India.

Learn more about PrePAIR Mentors here.


Founded by high school students Ahan Mukherjee and Srinivas Dhulipalla, WeCare strives to meet the needs of the DFW community by crafting specialized care packages for various organizations, centers, and charities. WeCare has delivered over 250 care packages for healthcare workers, first responders, and underprivileged children, striving to serve the community through philanthropic efforts. In particular, WeCare’s Refugee Relief and Education Impact Initiatives have made a significant impact on the DFW community. 

Learn more about WeCare here. 

Be The Light

Founded in 2019 by seven high school students, Be The Light, a student-led nonprofit, seeks to promote speech and debate to give children a platform to express themselves. Events such as annual summer workshops, speech and debate tournaments, and informational seminars provide children with various avenues to enhance their communication skills and articulate their ideas. Additionally, Be The Light has raised over $250,000 from workshops and tournaments which are donated to over 30 organizations that provide support to underprivileged children. By instilling passion into the lives of children, Be The Light continues to foster a welcoming environment for children to spark their love for speech and debate.

Learn more about Be The Light here.

The success of these nonprofits are a testament to why students are the best facilitators of change in their communities. From nonprofits about mentorship to speech and debate, students have the time, passion, and tenacity to not only identify problems but also pursue the solutions.


Do you want to get involved in your community and start your own nonprofit?

Philanthropy Kids is a DFW-based nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and inspiring philanthropy in youth. Through their Impact Factory incubator, teens and young adults can start social impact organizations, and get a head start on their business and community leadership journey. Philanthropy Kids aims to inspire the future of philanthropy and build a generation of givers. 

For more information click here.

Any questions or media inquiries can be directed to Alisha Senghani at asenghani@philanthropykids.


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