About the 365z Foundation

How We Got Started

The 365Z Foundation, Inc. is an organization whose mission is to provide ideas, guidance and resources that will encourage, inspire and challenge individuals to perform conscious acts of kindness. Imagine that!

A world where everyone performs a kind act for someone else – every single day. And in doing so helps perpetrate a community wide kindness movement. Such a mission is inspired by a young life.

Zachary Ford tragically took his own life at age 20. In the days and weeks following his passing, his family heard stories about how Zach, through his own acts of kindness, had made a positive, lasting impact on the lives of so many others.

Sometime after Zach’s death, his mother, Rosemary, was invited to be a guest lecturer at Quinsigimond Community College for a course entitled Death and Dying and its Effect on Families. In response to a student inquiring as how she copes with Zach’s death day to day, Mrs. Ford replied that, “in memory of my son I perform an act of kindness every day”. Rosemary then added that through her commitment to perform acts of kindness every day at the end of a year she will have performed 365 acts of kindness, thereby remembering and honoring her son’s life.

Professor Paul LaCava solicited the concept of a 365 Foundation amongst friends and colleagues, educators, public officials, clergy, businesspersons, lawyers and medical professionals; all enthusiastically agreed that this was truly a cause most worthy. In time Rosemary was righteously invited to join the founders group, and in honor of Zach, the “Z” was added to the 365. The 365Z Foundation has been formed to inspire all to bring more kindness and light into the world.

The 365Z Foundation is a work in progress. We are building a fellowship of people of all ages who share the desire and commitment to make a personal difference in the world, one small act of kindness at a time.

The 365Z Foundation is not affiliated with any religious, political or social-rights based organization, nor does it provide direct services, such as medical care, psychological counseling, or housing.


Our Favorite Books

Many people have shared some wonderful books with us, and we would like to share them with you. These are some of our favorites…

Title Author Web Link to Purchase
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts R. J Palacio More Info/Purchase
Baby’s Bucket Book Carol McCloud More Info/Purchase
Be Polite and Kind Cheri J. Neiners More Info/Purchase
Bucket Filling from A to Z: The Key to Being Happy Carol McCloud More Info/Purchase
Buzzin’ with Happiness Sophia Z. Domogala
Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes More Info/Purchase
Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson More Info/Purchase
Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for the Young Child Carol McCloud More Info/Purchase
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Kate DiCamillo More Info/Purchase
Giving Tree (50th Anniversary Edition) Shel Silverstein More Info/Purchase
Growning Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness: Three Rules for a Happier Life Carol McCloud More Info/Purchase
Horton Hears a Who! Dr. Seuss More Info/Purchase
I Am Special Too Dennis Vanasse More Info/Purchase
I See Kindness Everywhere Shelley Frost More Info/Purchase
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler Margery Cuyler More Info/Purchase
The Kindness Quilt Nancy Wallace More Info/Purchase
The Kissing Hand Audrey Penn More Info/Purchase
The Lorax Dr. Seuss More Info/Purchase
My Very Own Bucket Filling from A to Z Coloring Book Carol McCloud More Info/Purchase
Non-Random Acts of Kindness Lauren Myracle More Info/Purchase
The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate More Info/Purchase
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Emily Pearson More Info/Purchase
The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister More Info/Purchase
When I’m Feeling Kind Trace Moroney More Info/Purchase
Will You Fill My Bucket?: Daily Acts of Love Around the World Carol McCloud More Info/Purchase
Wonder R. J Palacio More Info/Purchase

365z Merchandise

Children’s white short sleeve Tee $10

Available in S, M, L

Unisex size

Adult white short sleeve Tee $10

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Unisex size

White long sleeve Tee: $15

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Unisex size

Gray long sleeve Tee: $15

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Unisex size

Gray Hoodie Sweatshirt: $25

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Unisex size