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New kids on the block, House of Shine, rallied donors and supporters during last week's North Texas Giving Day and raised more than $50,000.

"There are so many worthwhile charities out there. What makes supporting House of Shine unique is we are an upstream nonprofit. We are trying to mitigate and solve problems before they occur. We are building character and the next generation of leaders," Claudia Beeny, executive director said. "No one else is doing that and children need to be explicitly taught that. It doesn't happen by osmosis."

Creatively raising money is not new to House of Shine. They hosted a pirate party on their patio all day on North Texas Giving Day and raised money "loot-a-thon" style. They also partnered with local merchants and restaurants to entice donors to give. Sauce'd Pizza gave away pizza for the year to the highest donor during a set time and The Palm Tree of Grapevine gave away a personal shopping experience. 

House of Shine, a nonprofit for seven years, opened its first physical location one year ago in September of 2020. During the year, more than 6000 people visited House of Shine. As part of the celebration on North Texas Giving Day, the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce and its ambassadors helped House of Shine celebrate its one-year anniversary by hosting a ribbon cutting with nearly 100 people in attendance.

"We are so grateful to be a part of the Grapevine community," Beeny said.


House of Shine grows confident and self-aware leaders, ages 5 to 95, to make meaningful contributions in their corner of the world. Part experiential lab and part community workspace, House of Shine is a whole museum dedicated to the science of self. When visiting House of Shine or participating in a workshop, people begin exploring what makes them unique.

North Texas Giving Day is an annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza benefitting the 20 counties of North Texas. The day is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area-wide collaboration, and of course, you! North Texas Giving Day’s goal is to make giving easy for donors while helping build awareness and support for local nonprofits.


House of Shine summer leadership camps should be on your summer bucket list! If your child has struggled during the past year making connections, pushing past adversity, feeling confident, or simply feeling like themselves then the House of Shine summer camp series is for them. These camps will help children thrive, feel connected in a community all while developing real leadership skills in the brightest place in Grapevine.
House of Shine offers three camps for different ages. For rising Middle Schoolers, they offer their "Entrepreneurship Camp" from July 19 - 23 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
This Entrepreneurship Camp will allow students to turn their talents and interests into viable businesses. This week-long interactive summer experience will help students unearth their SHINE, learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship from local business owners, artists, and makers, conceptualize their own business, and launch their product to sell at House of Shine’s annual Be.Do.Share. Holiday Fair in November. In partnership with: OIG Office Interiors Group.
For rising 2nd - 4th Graders, they offer "Christmas in July Camp" from July 26 - 30 from 9:00 am - Noon. What happens when House of Shine moves into the Christmas capital of Texas? The magic of Christmas lasts all year. For one week, House of Shine will create Christmas in July for young people, including a behind-the-scenes look at how Grapevine’s Main St. Christmas magic happens. The week will culminate in a holiday celebration at your dinner table on Friday night, with all the Christmas treats your child has built in the House of Shine Santa’s workshop.
The final camp of the season is for rising High Schoolers and is called "Serentripity Camp" and will run August 2 - 6 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Serentripity is a one-of-a-kind week of fun and adventure, with each day focusing on a different concept related to living a happy and fulfilling life. Throughout the week, participants will identify their SHINE, explore how impacting others’ lives can make them happier, and learn from inspiring people who have crafted meaningful lives.
The end of our week will bring the entire experience together through a day-long adventure called Serentripity. Members of each small group will pile into a van and craft their own journey, based on fated twists and turns.
Go to and register for one of these camps while spots are still available.
House of Shine, a nonprofit in Grapevine, grows confident, self-aware leaders to make meaningful contributions in their corner of the world.
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Months of preparation, planning and organization will become a reality on Saturday, November 14th when local student artists share their artistic talents with the community by participating in the House of Shine Be. Do. Share. Holiday Craft Fair at House of Shine in Grapevine.

"The variety and quality of their art will be incredible.  But more importantly, we will have a group of young people advocating for self and feeling empowered while making money and sharing it with those who attended," said Claudia Beeny, Founder and Executive Director of House of Shine.  

This is the fourth season House of Shine has hosted the Be. Do. Share. Holiday Fair - a platform to highlight the point of intersection between a person's talents, interests and a need in the community.  House of Shine calls that point of intersection the place where a person's Shine lives.  This year the craft fair will be hosted in their new home in Grapevine that opened in September.

According to Beeny, in order to shine, a person must know who they are and where their talents lie.  This is their "Be."  Then a person needs to practice and perfect these talents and determine how they can leverage them.  This is their "Do."

"And finally, we always ask the question - to what end? Why do we do this? And the answer is to share it with the people around you - in your corner of the world," Beeny said.

To participate in this holiday fair, artists are asked to donate 10% of their sales to the charity of their choice.  Each artist has a story and a personal connection to the charity they select.  

The artists will range in age from 8 to 18.  The type of art sold includes paintings and portraits, apparel design, dirty-pour canvas art, drawings, pet treats, and jewelry.  Another young person will even sell her published book.

"Each young person is going to receive gifts throughout the upcoming season, but the gift we will give them is the most important gift all this holiday season - that they can set a goal, they can work hard, and they can accomplish that goal for themselves.  That is very empowering to a young person," Beeny said.


House of Shine is a 501(c)3 nonprofit interactive museum dedicated to the study of you. Our mission is to help people from 5 to 95 discover who they are and why their contribution to the world matters. House of Shine hosts workshops for women and children, creates leadership development experiences for young people, and writes and delivers K-12 curriculum for schools. For more information about House of Shine, the museum, workshops and K-12 curriculum, please email Colleen Monroe at