10 years ago, Pencils of Promise was born from a single dream. Today, we’re bringing quality education to over 93,000 students every day. 2018 is a milestone year—a year for looking back to where we came from, to how we got to where we are and to dream about where we go next.

So, join us as we celebrate 2018 and new beginnings by giving $20.18 to education.

Give $20.18



Our First Students

Remember these two? This is Nit & Nuth—our very first students in our very first school in Pha Theung, Laos. Because of you, Nit & Nuth have finished primary school and made their way into secondary school. They are just two of many whose lives have been transformed through quality education. Their journey is our journey—and our hope for the next ten years is for thousands more students to receive a quality education, and that you all join us for the ride.


As we celebrate our milestone year, we invite you to celebrate your 2018 moments with us. Whether you’re walking across the graduation stage, down the aisle, into a new job or a new phase of life, you can make 2018 your best year yet by dedicating your milestone to PoP and starting a campaign.

How will you remember 2018?


This Day in PoP History

  • October 8, 2007

    PoP Founder, Adam Braun, deposited $25 to create PoP’s official bank account.

  • April, 2008

    Adam met our first employee, Lanoy Keosuvan, now Laos Co-Country Director.

  • June 16, 2009

    PoP’s first school was built in Pha Theung, Laos and completed on June 16th.

  • September 1, 2010

    Our first dedicated office space opened on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City.

  • October 20, 2010

    The very first Pencils of Promise website launched! (P.S. We’ve come a long way)

  • December 5, 2010

    Our first office in Guatemala opened—with the first PoP school in the country to follow.

  • November 17, 2011

    We held the first annual PoP Gala raising $1 million for quality education.

  • August 10, 2012

    The PoP Ghana office opened—expanding our impact to Western Africa.

SIGN the pop yearbook with #pop10

This year, we’re celebrating PoP’s milestone 10th Birthday. Join the movement and share your thoughts, memories and dreams for the next 10 on Instagram by using the hashtag #PoP10.