No-Cost Resources

Because I said I would creates programs that can be downloaded and used at no cost.

This is a comprehensive list of all of because I said I would’s resources that can be downloaded completely free of charge.

Promise Planner

Because I said I would has developed a Promise Planner™ template that you can use to help you contemplate your promises. Perhaps fittingly, it’s sort of a checklist in itself. It challenges you to think of possible barriers to success and provides some best practices that your promises might need. Our hope is that the Promise Planner is reasonably simple and self-explanatory. Fill it out using one of your promises, and its functionality and benefits should become much clearer than just the blank form.


Promise Card Template

Promise Cards help hold you accountable to your commitments. They have been used in many different ways in over 150 countries, but it all started when Alex Sheen created the Promise Card to honor his dad. Cancer took his father’s life in 2012, but Alex chose to focus on how his dad lived, not how he died. Alex’s dad kept his promises.

Schoolwide Impact Program

The Schoolwide Impact Program is a series of (pre and post assembly) plug and play lesson plans designed to integrate the concepts the because I said I would 7 Elements of Honor.

7 Elements of Honor

The following seven principles guide the because I said I would movement. As a social movement and nonprofit about the importance of a promise, it’s important that we state our values and make a sincere attempt to live by them.

Individual Lesson Plans

Because I said I would Lesson Plans are interdisciplinary learning tools designed for students that can be utilized by educators and counselors alike.

Character Development Videos and Podcasts

The goal of the Character Education program is to extend the impact of the because I said I would message by teaching character education through the 7 Elements of Honor. We want students and teachers alike to understand the impact on society of promises made, kept, and broken. In order to do this we not only need to focus on youth, but also to influence teachers and adults in the community to become models for students in character education.
*Warning: some content in the Podcast may be difficult and disturbing to listen to. If you have children, you should screen the episodes and make a decision for yourself about appropriateness of the content.

Book Club Guide

Starting your own because I said I would book club is a great way to share your love of books and encourage meaningful discussions and ideas. And, all with a group of friends! But before you get started, download the guide below to help you get started!


Volunteer Project Plans

We provide the tools and information you will need to plan and complete service projects in your community, start to finish, including easy-to-use checklists that divide the project into distinct roles that work together to get it done. You can even adapt the plan to fit your group size and needs. So, grab a few friends and a Volunteer Project Plan, and start making a difference in your neighborhood today. We put it together so you can take it apart!


Badge program

Because I said I would supporters can earn a number of badges as they complete tasks related to promises, promise keeping, volunteerism, citizenship, and chapter management.


Parent/Mentor Kit

This kit contains Promise resources, tools and tips designed to walk the reader through the process of modeling and teaching children about Promises and their impact.

Healthy Promises Kit

Our Healthy Promises kit is designed to help achieve your health and wellness goals. And, of course, to fine tune your promise skills along the way. We hope that your results are not only improved health and wellness, but an improved capacity for promise making and keeping.


Promise Quotes

Inspirational quotes about commitment, accountability and resilience. These can be used on social media, in email, announcements, meetings, posters, any way you can think of!

Fundraising Toolkits

Whether you need funding to purchase supplies to complete one of our Volunteer Project Plans or you simply would like to raise money to donate to our character education programming, below you will find 8 Fundraiser Toolkits. These Toolkits are easy to follow step-by-step guides that help you to plan and complete a fundraising event. We provide the tools and information you will need from start to finish, including easy-to-use checklists, accounting tables, and example photos to help you envision what these fundraising events may look like in your community.


External Resources

Some promises are too big or too important to tackle alone. Sometimes, we need the help and support of others. Do not be afraid to ask for it. Do not give up. The following resources have been identified to provide guidance for those seeking help.