The mission of Bucket Fillers, Inc. is to help people all ages learn and develop key social-emotional skills, such as kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness, which together lead to happier lives, healthier relationships, and a better world. We do this through our publications, products, and presentations. As “Bucket Fillers,” our goal is to practice what we teach through our commitment to Bucket “Fillanthropy.” We care about the well-being of others and we express that care by filling buckets and helping others.
In 2006, Carol McCloud wrote her first children’s book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids. That summer she began selling book copies out of her vehicle at local farmers’ markets. A book that is focused on the reciprocating benefits of expressing kindness by filling buckets, McCloud’s lifestyle echoed that of her book: When you fill someone else’s bucket, you fill your own bucket, too. McCloud states, “I wish more people understood the pure joy that comes from contributing to a better world. Adding to the happiness of others is what brings us happiness.”
By 2018, McCloud had written a full line of Bucket Fillers titles, published in various formats, and translated into multiple languages. By the end of 2018, her company, Bucket Fillers, Inc., had given over $500,000 in philanthropic donations to charitable organizations worldwide. Achieving that important milestone filled our buckets to overflowing.
In 2019, McCloud created a new Bucket Fillanthropy commitment to donate 50% of all company proceeds annually to select non-profit organizations that serve children and families. We hope to surpass one million dollars with our giving over the next ten years. Bucket Fillers has a strong commitment to their communities and wants to fill the buckets of others around the world by giving back, not only through their “fillanthropy” commitment but also through volunteerism and in-kind contributions.
Our Selected Charities
To date, Carol McCloud has never accepted a royalty for her published titles. Rather, Bucket Fillers distributes her royatlies to select non-profit organizations:
The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan
The Salvation Army was the first non-profit Carol selected to receive a distribution of her royalties from the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?. The Salvation Army serves two of Michigan’s lowest socioeconomic areas—Detroit and Flint. Having grown up on Detroit’s east side, Carol witnessed, firsthand, inner-city poverty. For more than 150 years, it’s been The Salvation Army’s goal to meet human needs without discrimination, motivated by the love of God. They fulfill requests help to combat addiction, provide food, overcome poverty, empower youth, provide housing, provide legal services, help disaster survivors, equip families, fight human trafficking, provide medical care, serve the LGBTQ community, help veterans, brighten the holidays, and share God’s love. For more information or to donate, visit The Salvation Army.
Methodist Children’s Home Society
In 2008, the Methodist Children’s Home Society was selected to receive a distribution her royalties from the book, Fill a Bucket. Since 1917, the Methodist Children’s Home Society arranges a living home for thousands of children. They are able to provide individualized treatment, care, advocacy, and permanency to children and families impacted by childhood trauma. For more information or to donate, visit Methodist Children’s Home Society.
In 2012, Samaritan’s Purse was selected to receive a distribution her royalties from the book, Bucket Filling from A to Z, expanding her donations to have a worldwide reach. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational, evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, they have helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. For more information or to donate, visit Samaritan’s Purse.
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
In 2014, after moving from Michigan to Florida, Carol chose the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to help simplify her royalty distributions. Every quarter, they receive and distribute her royalties. A portion of the money they receive goes to help numerous other local non-profit organizations. For forty years, the Community Foundation believes that “each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community.” For more information or to donate, visit Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
SOLVE Maternity Homes of Manatee County
In 2015, not long after Carol met SOLVE Maternity Homes’ executive director, Peggy Kerwin, she selected SOLVE Maternity Homes to receive a portion of her royalties. SOLVE is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides cost-fee maternity housing and support for at-risk women during and after pregnancy. Since 1976, SOLVE has been empowering these women to become more confident, capable parents and thriving members of society. By meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, SOLVE is able to stop the cycle and positively impact future generations. For more information or to donate, visit SOLVE Homes.
In addition to the aforementioned non-profit organizations, Bucket Fillers supports a number of special projects and causes, including:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Florida
In 2019, Carol learned that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County were raising funds to open a new location in the rural community of Arcadia, Florida. Arcadia is home to many migrant families in need of after-school and summer care for their children. Bucket Fillers donated the funds needed to construct a Bucket Fillers Reading and Homework Room. For fifty years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County have been a leading youth-serving organization in Sarasota County and its surrounding area. Their programs cater to thousands of youth, ages 6 to 18, especially those who need services the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Their programs are designed to empower youth to excel in school, become leaders, adopt healthy habits, and create plans for success beyond high school graduation. For more information or to donate, visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.