TOL Foundation

Mission: To gift an Intention Stick to at-risk children around the world.

We increase the impact that relief agencies have and we give children a lifelong connection to hope, intention and their spiritual selves.

 570 million children live in poverty throughout the world. 150 million global children have lost one or both parents, 220 million children are at risk. (Source: SOS Children’s Villages International)

In 2016, 34 million children age 0–17—nearly half of all US children—had at least one of nine Adverse Childhood Experiences, and more than 20 percent had two or more. (Source Centers for Disease Control, 2016)

 There are almost 24 million children under age 6 in the United States…… Almost half – 11.4 million children – live in low-income or poor families. This includes 12 percent – nearly three million children – who live in extreme poverty. (Source: national center for children in poverty)


Numerous research studies have determined: 

  • Spirituality plays a significant role in child social, emotional, and cognitive development. Kids with an intense spirituality overall have greater grit, higher grades, more optimism, and persistence than kids without a strong sense of spirituality.
  • Teenagers who say they have a strong sense of spirituality are 80% less likely than the norm to have unprotected or dangerous sex, and 40% less likely to use drugs.
  • Personal spirituality that includes a direct personal relationship with nature, a universal presence or higher power (by any name) has a clear correlation with physical wellness and recovery from depression and disease; indeed, greater spiritual awareness produces the same readings in brain scans as recovery due to medication.

We first sought out a way to create an Intention Stick out of recycled materials in response to a growing request, but along the way we realized the power that such a material could have. Elsewhere around the world, an intention stick made of metal could  have a perceived value and therefore could be dangerous to the wearer. Eventually we settled on a Silicon Intention Stick. Silicon (versus silicone) has no negative impact. Silicon is the seventh most abundant element in the universe and the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust. The Silicon Intention Stick is age appropriate, has a breakaway chain and is as beautiful as those made of precious metals. It’s less about the materials and more about the idea behind the intention stick. Imagine a world where a child has something that connects them to their spiritual selves and forever connects them to the person who gifted it to them. The Tree of Life Intention Stick transforms hope into trust and faith in a better world, where we are all one.

Our other initiatives: 

At-Risk Children including poverty and trafficking
Childhood Wellness
The Arbor Day Foundation’s Global Tree Initiative
Teen Suicide
Global Orphan Initiatives
Scientific Study of the Power of Human Intention