This week on the Mother Company’s blog, I share advice for getting very young kids philanthropically oriented. I discuss how to turn kids on to philanthropy, when parents can start introducing philanthropy, practical ways for kids to give back, and this thought on what philanthropy can do for families.
I know every family has good intentions to raise philanthropically thoughtful kids. But the families that actually make impact are intentional. They live philanthropic lives, model values of generosity and social impact–and they give their kids opportunities to be philanthropically active. Kids who feel they’re making a difference will be more grounded and more self-confident. In this, philanthropy is the antidote to a mass culture that places too much value on ’stuff’ and money for image and status.