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The Golden Rule Movement

The Golden Rule Movement encourages moms to do what they do best…teach kindness to others. The Golden Rule Movement creates a more positive and empathetic culture in America by empowering, educating, and inspiring women to lead by example and model kindness and compassion through volunteerism and acts of service in their local communities.  American Mothers is helping encourage this Movement by providing charitable and communications support for programs which benefit mothers and children through the Golden Rule Grant. Join the Movement. Show us what YOU are doing in our communities to make this world a better place. Help make the #MomNation proud.

Get Involved: Be part of the Golden Rule Movement and be a champion of the Golden Rule by sharing stories of compassion and kindness in your homes, schools, and communities via social media using the hashtags #MomNation and #GoldenRule.  We will follow these #hashtags and share your stories via our social media channels, in the #MomNation E-Newsletter and the American Mother Magazine.  So much goodness exists in our world and moms are the perfect people to share these amazing stories.

Golden Rule Grants:  Do you volunteer with an organization that exemplifies the Golden Rule?  American Mothers would like to help you help others and increase the reach of the Golden Rule Movement!  American Mothers has reached out to philanthropic foundations to help us expand this important message and is launching the Golden Rule Grant.You can apply for a Golden Rule Grant that will help you increase your reach! Contributions are made to organizations involved primarily in health and human services and civic and community programs that impact mothers and children. Funding requests for capital projects will not be considered. Applicants can only apply on behalf of programs that are sponsored by a 501(c)3 non-profit.  The grant does not fund individuals.  Official AMI state associations may submit an application but will not receive preferential treatment. Organizations that receive grants will be featured in American Mothers social media, #MomNation e-Newsletter and The American Mother Magazine to continue to highlight the efforts of the Golden Rule Movement and moms spreading the message of kindness to others. Submit your online application beginning Mother’s Day of 2017.

National Mom to Mom Day of Service

Recognizing that a new life means more than a new location, American Mothers, Inc. annually sponsors the National Mom to Mom Day of Service in the month of May. As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and children, AMI asks moms to join together to collect household items for mothers who have been in a sheltered location due to domestic violence or human trafficking situations.  Items that will be collected include (but are not limited to) bedding, towels, dishes, utensils, silverware, glassware, pots and pans, small appliances, window treatments, lamps, and clocks which can be donated to shelters around the country. For more information on how to participate in the National Mom to Mom Day of Service, contact us at

Barbara Thompson Gift

The Barbara Thompson Gift of $1,000.00 is given annually to support a needful and deserving mother, child, or worthy cause. U.S. District Judge Ralph G. Thompson, Barbara’s husband, funds this award in honor of his wife, the 1995 National Mother of the Year®, for her generosity and loving concern for the mothers and children of this country and for her commitment to strengthening the foundations of the family and home. Nominations are submitted by individuals and State Associations. Nominations are accepted until April 1 of each year and can be submitted by using the following Barbara Thompson Gift FORM.    The information can also be downloaded:  Barbara Thompson Gift

National 5th Grade Essay Contest

American Mothers annually hosts a 5th grade student essay contest, “What My Mother Means to Me.” The contest runs from August 15th thru January 15th.

Participating is easy! Click here for the rules.  In 150 words, students share what makes their mom extra special. All entries are submitted by January 15th, to their 5th grade teacher. Teachers submit entries to their state’s American Mothers chapter or send to the National Office by January 30th.

A winner will be selected from each state and a national winner will be announced by March 30th. Monetary prizes will be given to the top three essays nationally and the National Winner will be invited to read their essay at the annual American Mothers’ Conference in Washington DC!  Click here to read about the 2017 Essay Contest winner.

For more information regarding the contest, please contact our National office, at

History of the Fifth Grade Essay:

For Irene Blore, the answer to what my mother means to me, was, “The world.” Her mother was the rock she clung to in all her decisions, she said. One thing her mother always stressed was the importance of education.

“Faith and the education of my children enhance the quality of life for everyone,” said Blore, the 1995 California Mother of the Year, of what her mother taught her.

As a living memorial to her mother, Blanche V. Edwards, Blore founded the 5th Grade Essay Contest with American Mothers, Inc. in 2004. Each year since, American Mothers sponsored the essay contest for all 5th grade students or the equivalent, in the public, private, and home school environment. The contest theme is “What My Mother Means to Me.”

5th grade was chosen as the age for the contestants because that is an age when children have knowledge about writing and can begin to recognize all what their mothers have done for them, said Blore. She hopes the contest encourages children to reach out to others and think beyond themselves. The contest rules were purposely set up so that the essay must be hand-written to allow children to set aside electronic devices when working on this project and be clear of distractions.

There has been a national winner every year since 2004. The essays are always poignant and reflective of the great love and care of the mothers of this country.

“Family structure is the most important foundation of our country,” said Blore. “It’s so enriching to see how many have contributed to this mothers’ tapestry.”

The 5th grade essay contest runs annually beginning in August, with submissions due by the January 15th.