Are We Giving Our Children What Matters?

posted by Talk About Giving blog team

April 20, 2011 @ 7:00 am

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Whether you realize it or not, most of us are philanthropic. On average, 84 percent of Americans give and more than 75 percent of philanthropic gifts are made by individuals and families. It’s a big part of our culture and we give because we feel it’s the right thing to do. Giving is a value that exemplifies kindness, compassion, sharing and empathy – traits that we look for as today’s youngsters grow into tomorrow’s leaders. And the benefits of raising charitable children are immeasurable, both to them personally and to the future of our communities.

But are we teaching them?

When’s the last time you had a conversation with your children about the organizations that you support financially? Are they included when you decide who you will support and why? Do your children know why giving is important to you and your family?

Chances are you’re among the 71 percent of parents who don’t explain to their children the importance of giving to others.

The good news is that, like all other behaviors and habits, parental influence is a key factor in philanthropic giving. You can shape their future and ensure that your children become generous, giving adults. Research indicates that by modeling giving behavior and engaging your children in your actions, you can foster a giving spirit in them. And chances are it will work: 71 percent of the children of philanthropic parents become giving adults.

Download the whitepaper “Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Philanthropists” to learn more about the implications of teaching your children about giving and philanthropy. It’s a legacy that will do more than change the world. It will change them.

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