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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Brighton Elementary Operate “Longtable”
The four students acting as Brighton Elementary School’s Roundtable in 2006 named themselves the “Brighton Longtable.” (“How can we call ourselves a roundtable when we are meeting at a long table?” they explained.)...
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Young Philanthropists Foundation
Young Philanthropists Foundation administers the Penny Harvest in Colorado in coordination with Common Cents

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What's New at Common Cents and the Penny Harvest

Information for the Colorado Penny Harvest is up and running on the Young Philanthropists Foundation's new website!  Please visit for all the latest news and information on how to sign up!

Colorado Penny Harvest Students are Breaking the Bank!

The official numbers of the 2011-12 Penny Harvest are $61,323.64!  All that money was turned into grants to over 120 organizations this year, with issues ranging homeless, hungry and sick children, to rescuing parrots, greyhounds, and elephants in Africa, to clean water programs and mosquito nets for malaria.  Over 50 of the organizations this year were brand new, our Harvesters had never funded before. Our Penny Harvesters have huge hearts and a lot of great ideas on how they would like to help make a healthy footprint on this world. 

I'm so excited to see what they're going to do this year!

Colorado Penny Harvest Students have collected $56,342.81 SO FAR!

38 of our Colorado sites have collected $56,342.81 so far and we're still going! This year, 5 schools are participating in a Penny Harvest pilot program, beginning their harvest in January, and depositing in February. The next steps are to identifying issues that their communities care about and interviewing potential organizations that the kids will ultimately deem worthy of their hard-earned money. 
Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, and parents who spent months collecting almost 17 tons of pennies!
Are you an organization wishing to get involved with Penny Harvest? Click on the Organization Tab, then "Organization Profiles" for information on how to fill out an Organization Profile and be featured on our website.

Join the Penny Harvest!

The Penny Harvest is a free, school-based citizenship and leadership service-learning program that integrates with the school calendar.  Students harvest “idle pennies”, use those funds to make micro-grants to nonprofit organizations, and engage in corresponding service projects. Unlike other coin harvesting programs, Penny Harvest gives students total autonomy to decide where the money should go.Currently running in 43 Colorado schools, the program has 3 main phases:

Harvest Pennies (October – December)

Make Grants (January – April)

Volunteer (April – June)


To Sign up your school online visit

For more information, contact Kelly Hayes at 720-221-9218 or

Colorado Penny Harvesters have granted more than $100,000 over the past 3 years to nonprofits, schools, and individuals in need!

Between 2007 and 2010, students from across the state gathered $114,675.29 in pennies and made 243 community grants, in addition to completing 39 neighborhood service projects. Find out where they have granted the money under the "Organization" Tab.


Penny Harvest Students Grant $52,159.00 to 105 different organizations in 2009/2010!

Roundtable Leaders from 43 Colorado schools spent several months researching community needs, interviewing nonprofit professionals, and making funding decisions on behalf of their entire school. In addition to the 105 organizations funded, several Colorado schools participated in the first-ever National Penny Harvest Disaster Relief Fund to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Click here for more info:

Colorado Schools Harvest $53,178.33 during the 2009/10 Penny Harvest!

43 schools collectively harvested coins for more than 2 months for this year's Penny Harvest. Each school will continue into the Roundtable phase with at least $1,000 for their grant-making budget. Stay tuned to see where the students decide to grant all of that money!

Roxborough Intermediate on TV!

Check out some of the Roxborough Intermediate students and the YPF staff on TV HERE!


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19th Annual Penny Harvest Kicks-off

October 25, 2010
Starting this week, students at a thousand schools nationwide - nearly 500,000 students total - began scouring their homes and neighborhoods for idle pennies as part of the 19th Annual Penny Harvest. From now until Thanksgiving, Penny Harvesters will go door-to-door with their families asking neighbors to help them better their communities by donating spare change.

New Supplemental Materials for Penny Harvest!

September 29, 2010
NEW THIS YEAR: Personal Financial Literacy Supplement (mapped to state standards!) and Philanthropy & Foundations Supplement.

Learn More About Penny Harvest!

August 20, 2010
Intersted in Penny Harvest, but wanna learn a little more? Check out our videos, slide shows and blog!

Now Enrolling Schools for the 2010-11 Penny Harvest!

May 28, 2010
We only have 25 spots remaining for the 2010-11 School Year. Click here to learn more...

New Training Materials Posted

January 20, 2010
All materials from the Spring 2009/10 Professional Development Trainings have been posted under the Coaches Tab.

Did You Know?
There are more one-cent coins produced than any other denomination
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