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About Us

At the core of what we do is the belief that making positive changes in the world starts with our kids. We're on a mission to create more grateful, happy, healthy children who will grow into contributing adults and improve the lives of people around them.

We also believe that when kids practice gratitude, and experience what it means to help others, it instills the practice of giving and builds strong values. That's why g2 programs are built around hands-on community service opportunities for volunteers of all ages.

Our mission:

To instill gratitude in future generations through education and service.

Our Story

g2 started with a simple Facebook post in 2017 by a mom who didn't want her young child's only focus to be on how she was being gifted regularly for becoming a big sister.

Lisa Sanders wrote, "I am looking to teach my daughter that giving is so much more gratifying than receiving." Sanders proposed a service event for kids to give their toys to children in need. The idea resonated, and her post was flooded with responses from other parents who felt the same way. Hundreds commented, and dozens of people attended initial meetings. Within weeks, five Northshore women founded Gratitude Generation.

In the years since, g2 has grown exponentially, expanding our reach with new programs, ever-increasing community friendships and supporters, and dedicated volunteers. Our impact has surpassed one goal after another—and it's still growing.

Founding Board members at g2's launch party in April 2018. 

(L-R): Erin Kerpel, Allison Silver, Jill Rivkin, Lisa Sanders and Nicki Sutherland.

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Our Signature Programs

Close to our heart are several special programs that grew organically out of our mission—programs g2 designed and that we continue to offer on a regular basis. Our signature programs include:

Personal Care Support

  • 4 Your Care Packages

  • Cleaning with Meaning

  • g2 Personal Care Closet

  • Warm Soles Sock Drive

Student Support

  • Birthday Bags

  • Bye-Bye Boredom Bags

  • Deck the Dorms

  • Holiday Gift Giving

  • Sponsor-A-Student Backpack Program

Education & Teen Leadership

  • Teen Board and Service Squad

  • GLOW! Elementary Curriculum

  • g2 Kindness Rock Garden

  • g2 Mitzvah Team

Food Insecurity & Support

  • FEED: Food is Essential Every Day

  • g2 Community Fruit & Vegetable Garden

  • Shop & Share

  • Valentine's Meals for Veterans

Our Team

Our Team


Board of Directors

Gratitude Generation Chairs


Kelly Jakymiw
Event Creation & Valentine Meals for Veterans Chair

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Nancy Noyer
g2 Rock Garden Chair

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Lara Zeigler
GLOW! Curriculum Writer MLK Day Chair

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Deb Shapiro
GLOW! Curriculum Writer 
g2 Garden for Community Chair


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Carrie Rizman
g2 Garden for Community Chair 

Jodi Joffe
Shop & Share Chair

Sue Cohn
Shop & Share Chair 

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Lauren Bruss
Thank-You Note Chair

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Paul Snyder
Golf Outing Chair

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Hayun Cho
Impact Report Chair

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Lisa Kaplan
Mitzvah Program Chai

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Amy Miller
Take-Home Project Chair


Ronna Belinky
g2 Personal Care Closet Chair

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Kim Voigt
g2 Personal Care Closet Chair

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Robin Taxman
Caring Kiddos Co-Chair

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Lisa Daniel
Website Chair

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Ellyn Adkisson
Private Events
Mac & Cheese Program Chair

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Elise Levin
Mac & Cheese Program Chair


Meredith R.
Instagram Chair

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Andi Goldstein
Warm Soles Sock Drive Chair


Marney Cohen
g2 Holiday Gift Giving Chair and Gifting with Gratitude Co-Chair

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Michelle Wise
FEED. and 4 Your Care Kits Chair

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Sarah Lohr
Gifting with Gratitude Co-Chair

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Amy Micari
Caring Kiddos Co-Chair


g2 programs continue to grow. Our Committees play an integral role in helping acheive huge impact and larger reach. Thank you to all of our committee members! If you'd like to join a committee, email us.

Programming Committee:

  • Sue Cohn

  • Jodi Joffe

  • Kim Voigt

  • Nancy Noyer

  • Jill Rivkin

  • Sari Shuman

  • Terry Grossberg

  • John Ford

  • Marney Cohen

  • Susan Ballis

  • Mindy Abern

  • Lauren Bruss

  • Deanna Nemchock

  • Deb Shapiro

  • Stacey Slater

  • Ronna Belinky

  • Annie Kavanagh

  • Stephanie Wolken

  • Pauline Kalish

  • Melanie Shaftal

  • Leslie Randolph

  • Amy Micari

  • Jeannette Lee

  • Marcy Chez

  • Hayun Cho

  • Robin Taxman

  • Arwa Kassamali

  • Michael Rapaport

Golf & Pickleball Outing Committee:

  • Paul Snyder

  • Greg Goodman

  • Josh Fox

  • Andrew Plocker

  • Leslie Randolph

  • Terry Grossberg

  • Jeremy Woods

  • Erin Krex

  • Jen Evans

  • Judy Flater

  • Jen Adams

  • Betsy Hara

  • Nicki Sutherland

Gifting with Gratitude Committee:

  • Marney Cohen

  • Tiffany Larkowski

  • Sarah Lohr

  • Phillipa Tabachow

Anniversary Gala Committee:

  • Sarah Lohr

  • Marney Cohen

  • Greg Goodman

  • Jill Rivkin

  • Carrie Cohan

  • Mindy Abern

  • Erin Kerpel

  • Nicki Sutherland

  • Betsy Hara

  • Leslie Randolph

Garden Committee:

  • Carole Mangurten

  • Marney Cohen

  • Annie Kavanagh

  • Stephanie Braunstein

  • Nancy Nervick

  • Beth Auer

  • Clara Chung

  • Sophia Sun

A Safe Place

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alive Rescue

Am Yisrael School of Jewish Studies

Anti-Cruelty Society
Bernie's Book Bank
B'nai Tikvah
Bounce Children's Foundation
Brushwood Center

Buffalo Grove Police Department

Camp One Step
Caruso Middle School
CASA Lake County

Catholic Charities
Chicago Help Initiative

Chicago Police Department
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Children's Medical Center at Summerlin

Christ United Methodist Church

Cobra Back
Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Congregation Hakafa
Connections for the Homeless
Cook County Juvenile Court System
Cradles to Crayons
Dancing While Cancering
Daniel Wright Junior High School

DBR Chamber of Commerce
Deerfield High School
Deerfield Rotary

Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Everett Elementary School

Exchange Club of Grayslake
Fill A Heart 4 Kids
Food Warriors/Night Ministries
Friendship Pet Food Pantry
Furever Home Dog Sanctuary
Gender Cool
Gigi's Playhouse

Girl Scouts of America

Glencoe Youth Services

Green Minds LFLB

Greenbriar Elementary School

Half Day School

Heartland Animal Shelter
Heller Nature Center
Hickory Point School

Highland Park Community
Highland Park High School

Holocaust Museum 

Hunger Free Northbrook
I Am Me Camp

Ida Crown Jewish Academy
Indian Hill

Indian Trail

Jewish Family Experience

Kanine Reading Buddies
Keeping Families Covered

Kinderhaven Preschool Academy

Kingswood United Methodist Church
Kipling Elementary School

Kiwanis Club Glenview-Northbrook

Lake Zurich High School

The Landing on Dundee 
Legacy Charter School
Lincoln Elementary School

Makom Solel Lakeside 

Maot Chitim

Maple School

Meadowbrook School

Meridian Middle School 
Midwest Veterans Closet
Montessori Connection
New Life for Old Bags

Niles Township Food Pantry
Nora Project
North Lawndale Employment Network

North Shore Congregation Israel
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
North Suburban YMCA

Northbrook BlueHawks
​Northbrook Chamber of Commerce
Northbrook Rotary
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northfield Township Food Pantry

Northside College Prep
Northwood Middle School
Nuestro Center
Oak Terrace Elementary School
Orphans of the Storm

Our Shining Stars

PADS Lake County
Paralysis Foundation

Park District of Highland Park

Paws for Patrick

Period Collective
Presbyterian Hospital
Primo Center
Project 180 Impact

Ravinia School

Reach Rescue

Reading Power
Red Oak Elementary School

Roberti Community House

Ronald McDonald House


Seth Paine Elementary School
Share Our Spare

Sherwood Elementary School
Shepard Middle School
South Park Elementary School

South School
Special Education District of Lake County


SEDOL Foundation

Special Gifts Theater

Sprague School
St. Francis Food Pantry

Sue's Pantry
T and C Treats

The Art Center

The Grace Network

Todd Hall School

TOV Volunteer Network
Traveling Tutus
Tulips for Laurie


Uncle Pete's Lunches
USO of Illinois Great Lakes Center,

     Great Lakes Naval Base

Vernon Area Library
Vernon Township Food Pantry
Walden Elementary School

Walk for Parker
Wayne Thomas Elementary School
Weinberg Community for Senior Living
Wescott School

West Deerfield Township
Willow House

Willowbrook School
Wilmot Elementary School

Winkelman Elementary School

The Woman's Club of Evanston
Wood Oaks Junior High School
Xpress Your INC

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook

Plus, 42 fire and police departments

Community Friendships

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