GiveThx creates positive relationships and inclusive school communities where all students feel safe, valued, and connected.

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Our Vision

We envision a world where all schools are safe, equitable, and inclusive and where all students have the social, emotional, and academic skills to thrive.

Our Values

  • Safety
  • Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Belonging
  • Gratitude

Our Story

GiveThx was developed in 2017 for and with students in low-income, high-trauma communities. At the time, GiveThx founder, Mike Fauteux was a high school math classroom teacher in California. Looking to support students who were significantly behind and struggling to catch up, he asked students three key questions: What do you need to feel safe? What do you need to feel like you belong? What do you need to feel like you can succeed? From their answers, the GiveThx program was born. 

The program was designed to center equity and inclusion. While GiveThx benefits all students, it aims to make those who feel most marginalized--most unseen and unsafe--feel included, worthy, and valued. Unlike social media platforms, where everyone can see who is being included, excluded, and bullied on the digital playground, GiveThx’s notes hinge on private and positive peer-to-peer engagement. The one-on-one messages allow students to build community through confidential notes of appreciation.

After engaging in early GiveThx practices, Mike’s students reported feeling happier, developing stronger relationships with their peers and teachers, and building a deeper sense of self. It became clear that strengthening social emotional skills through gratitude improved student belonging and school culture. This led, in turn, to better academic outcomes and increased engagement in school.

In 2018, Mike partnered with co-founders Amara Humphry and Javier Perez to bring these early prototypes to life through the GiveThx app. They are committed to creating easy, flexible, and equitable ways to integrate social emotional skill-building into schools through gratitude and technology.




Core Team & Advisors

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Michael Fauteux

Executive Director, Co-founder

“Feeling seen and appreciated is essential for learning and growth. And I love a good thank you note.”

Mike is a co-founder of GiveThx. His career has been committed to increasing equity in education. He has taught math, been an administrator, and served as an innovation leader in middle and high schools. Mike co-created several edtech innovations designed to create more equitable learning. He believes that effective tools must be created with, by, and for students and educators.

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Amara Humphry

Product Director, Co-founder

"I do my best work when I feel like I belong. Every student deserves that opportunity."

Amara is a co-founder of GiveThx. She is a social entrepreneur with strong education and technology leadership expertise. She has a unique combination of embedded work with K-12 schools and leadership of global design and engineering teams. Amara has co-founded two education non-profits and is committed to designing technology for students and teachers who need it the most.

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Javier Pérez

Engineering Director, Co-founder

"Social emotional learning is key for all us to lead healthier, happier lives."

Javier is a co-founder of GiveThix. He is a technical manager and software architect with broad experience managing teams and implementing enterprise solutions. He is the founding partner of Edify, a software company with 20 years of experience building K-12 and higher-ed products for companies like MacMillan and Kaplan. He dedicates his tech expertise to creating social impact.

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Dr. Louise Waters

Advisor & Board Member

“Students learn best when they are meaningfully connected to other students & adults.”

Dr. Waters has worked in education for more than 45 years, specializing in schools that accelerate the learning of students of poverty and color, including the targeted use of technology.  Prior to retiring in 2019, she was the Superintendent of Leadership Public Schools and former Associate Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. 

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Dr. Amy Alamar

School Programs Director

“Kids need to feel safe before they can focus on academics.”

Dr. Alamar has worked in the field of education for over twenty years as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, parent educator, and education reformer. She has conducted significant research and published two books in the areas of student stress, parent involvement, learning and instruction, curriculum design and implementation, and using reflective practice to support engagement and communication. 

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Dr. Giacomo Bono

Advisor & Researcher

The beauty of practicing gratitude is that it promotes wellbeing to benefit an entire community."

Dr. Bono is an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University Dominguez Hills and core gratitude researcher at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Dr. Bono is co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character (2015) and director of the Youth Gratitude Project – a research program that promotes student success and wellness in primary and secondary schools.


Contributors

Lauren Jaecks

Creative Consultant

Gina Morris

Strategy & Operations

Viviana Pérez Salgado

Quality Assurance

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Dr. Kate Levitt

Fundraising

Braulio Castro

Software Engineer

Julio Arias

Devops Architect

Jon Hume

Business Development

Kevin Paniagua

Software Engineer

Gazelle Javantash

Marketing

Alejandro Bonilla

Quality Assurance

Shoshana Wineburg

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Social-Emotional Learning with Gratitude

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Increase Equity & Belonging in your classroom and school

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Starter

$15 /month
500 Data Points
1 Team Member
Email Support
IOS and Android App
Customizable Dashboard
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Professional

$30 /month
2000 Data Points
1 Team Member
Email Support
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Startup

$75 /month
5000 Data Points
3 Team Member
Email Support
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Business

$250 /month
15000 Data Points
10 Team Member
Priority Support
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