Common Cents Mission: Common Cents, creator of the Penny Harvest, nurtures a new generation of caring and capable young people between the ages of four and 24 by enabling them to strengthen their communities through philanthropy and service-learning.

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The Run for Change!
Registration for the 2014 Run for Change! is now open. Come join us in celebrating the power of schools doing good.

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We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Internship Opportunities

  • Run for Change Event Planner
  • Run for Change In-kind gifts coordinator

Please contact Program Director Keith Hickman for details at
In 1991, Common Cents revolutionized the world of giving with the inauguration of the Penny Harvest, which is now the largest child philanthropy program in the country.  The Common Cents Penny Harvest grew from one child’s desire to feed the homeless. For the last 21 years, children from virtually every school and neighborhood in the New York City have been converting their innate compassion into action by collecting pennies and making grants to community organizations while learning crucial leadership and decision-making skills.  Through the Penny Harvest, students see the concrete results of their first civic participation — the abstract becomes real.
Common Cents New York, Inc. is an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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