Making Caring Common:
The Foundation Of IMPACTER

Harvard’s Making Caring Common (MCC) initiative identified eight key character skills to be considered in college admissions. We build on the foundational work of MCC by introducing students to curricular experiences that develop those same attributes for success in academics as well as in their personal lives.


Develop Character Strengths Through

By embedding Making Caring Common’s eight anchor attributes — Curiosity, Perspective-Taking, Purpose, Self-Control, Grit, Growth-Mindset, Compassion, and Gratitude — within the Impacter Cycle, students are provided a pathway for developing the foundational emotional skills that can serve them in classroom settings and beyond.


Values In Action:
Character Meets IMPACT

At the nexus of ethical behavior and real-world results, IMPACTER integrates the values of Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project into a modern curriculum. Our approach ensures that character isn’t just learned—it’s lived.

Beyond Academics

Impacter Pathway shares MCC’s focus on non-cognitive skills to enhance students’ interpersonal and social abilities.

Beyond Classrooms

Lessons designed not just for academic success, but to foster responsible global citizenry and real-world relationships.

College Admissions Reimagined:
Making Caring Common’s Footprint

Leading colleges and universities are now echoing the call to prioritize character. Dive into the
admissions questions that underscore the essential competencies of the Impacter Pathway.

Common Application

IMPACTER Anchor Attribute: Grit

Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

University Of California

IMPACTER Anchor Attribute: Perspective-Taking

Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts.

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

IMPACTER Anchor Attribute: Compassion

Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc.

Texas Christian University

IMPACTER Anchor Attribute: Purpose

In her best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees, TCU alumna Sue Monk Kidd wrote, “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.” What matters to you?

Harvard College

IMPACTER Anchor Attribute: Self-Control

As you consider entering this community committed to honesty, please reflect on a time when you had to make a choice about whether to act with integrity.

Marquette College

IMPACTER Anchor Attribute: Curiosity

Marquette is named after French explorer Jacques Marquette, but exploration takes all forms. Tell us about a time you explored.

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Along with schools and districts, we also collaborate with Parent-Teacher Associations, Youth Groups, and a range of businesses and NGOs to support family wellness, adult perspective-sharing, and employee connectedness.  If you’re interested in discovering the transformative power of the IMPACTER PATHWAY, just fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch to schedule a demonstration.

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