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Gratitude and a desire to make a difference inspire us to give. We understand and believe in the value of giving whether we are supporting an organization that has supported us or one that has touched our heart.
Generosity is an important social skill because it helps us be more empathetic, build positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and be involved in our communities. The act of giving cultivates important values including kindness, consideration, compassion, and sharing.
When we raise philanthropic children, we are helping instill these values in their behavior. Parents and others in a child’s life can foster philanthropy in children by providing opportunities to help others and modeling behavior. In fact, children are more likely to give to charity as adults if their parents did.
The holiday season is the perfect time to introduce, or reintroduce, your children to the joy of giving. Children of any age can be encouraged to see giving as a means of personal expression. You can encourage young children’s charitable instincts by asking them questions: What are you thankful for? What makes you happy? What makes you sad? Older children who have started to develop their own interests — a passion for puppies or desire to help hungry children — may be excited to find nonprofit organizations that support their passions. The Community Foundation’s Midlands Gives website — MidlandsGives.org — provides a list of more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the Midlands to support and is a great resource for you and your family.
If you are interested in learning how the Community Foundation team can help you build a strategy to engage your children in your charitable giving, please contact Michelle Hardy at Michelle@YourFoundation.org.