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Jenny Friedman, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Doing Good Together (www.doinggoodtogether.org), a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization that inspires and helps families volunteer. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Carleton College (1976) and doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. (1984), she worked as a teacher and clinician. She has written more than 100 articles on issues of parenting, child development and education for local and national magazines, including American Baby, Parenting and Parents. She wrote The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering, a comprehensive resource describing hundreds of volunteer projects for families, published by Robins Lane Press in 2003. She coauthored Doing Good Together: 101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools and Communities (Free Spirit, 2010), a practical guidebook for schools, youth organizations, and businesses searching for easy, meaningful family service activities to do on-site. As executive director of DGT, Friedman consults with organizations to develop family volunteer programs; conducts workshops; presents at conferences; writes the monthly newsletter and articles on family service; provides interviews to the media; and writes various publications. She is also involved in launching new initiatives, creating family service materials, developing new relationships, and finding ways to deepen the impact of family volunteerism on a local and national level.