- Share what giving back is all about – Why is it important and how it makes you feel. Your child may get an allowance or cash as birthday gifts. Consider having them set aside portions to save, spend, donate and invest.
- Start small – It may be your child putting a few of their coins into the collection tin. Eventually, she might choose to make a donation to a specific cause in lieu of birthday gifts.
Whatever avenues you choose to bring your family into the fold, know that it’s an invaluable component to building stronger individuals, families and communities. Being philanthropic together is an opportunity to discover and learn about other people, other places, current events and important issues. It’s a way to understand the world and how to relate to others. It opens up possibilities to grow as people, to develop community and to foster change. Giving back is not only personally fulfilling (there’s research about how doing good helps us feel good and keep us healthy!), it generates an awareness of one as connected to something bigger and beyond. And that is the truest meaning of philanthropy.
It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. - Joyce Maynard