Mother of the Year®
The Mother of the Year® award was established in 1935 by the American Mothers Committee of the Golden Rule Foundation. The recognition of an “admirable” mother was made to provide an inspiration to the nation who would represent a mother’s unconditional love, inner strength, and courage. Every year since, American Mothers, Inc. has named an inspirational mother from nominees across the 50 states, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for this important honor.
American Mothers is a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. American Mothers is currently working with the United Nations to raise awareness about issues impacting women and children and is committed to valuing, elevating and empowering mothers worldwide. American Mothers is the proud sponsor of parallel panels which take place each spring during the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.
5th Grade Essay Contest
Each year, American Mothers, Inc.® sponsors an essay contest for all fifth grade students or the equivalent, in the public, private and home school environment. The contest theme is “What My Mother Means to Me.” Winners are selected by state, and one National winner is invited to read their essay at the annual American Mothers Convention in Washington, DC and will receive a $500 Golden Rule Grant to the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of their choice.
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. The Golden Rule Movement provides a platform for women who embody the selfless, caring spirit of motherhood, and who are using that maternal energy to make the world a better place.
Golden Rule Grant Fund
The Golden Rule Grant provides an avenue where American Mothers can implement our mission and values by supporting other non-profit organizations as they provide services for the common good of mothers and children.
Past recipients have included:
- Fall Mountain Special Olympics
- Cleats 4 Kids
- Serving Area Military
- 525 Foundation (Overdose Awareness)
- Community Kindness Movement
- Native American Pre-Term Birth Project
- American Special Hockey Association
- Idaho Diaper Bank
- The Jansens Foundation
- Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine
For more than eight decades the members of American Mothers, Inc. have gathered annually to conduct the general business of the organization and recognize the National Mother of the Year®. Today, more than 250 community leaders and women of influence representing all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands travel to our Nation’s Capitol for the occasion, meeting with their elected officials on Capitol Hill, hearing from exceptional speakers, and celebrating our organization’s commitment to giving during a gala fundraiser event to benefit the Golden Rule Grant Fund.
Local Chapters and State Associations
Across the United States there are groups of moms meeting regularly for sisterhood, support and service. These local chapters and state associations give women the opportunity to connect and plug in for educational and community service opportunities.