Philanthropy is a powerful mix of possibility, responsibility, learning and inspiration. For many families, engaging their children is an important step along their philanthropic journey.
No matter what step your family is at, there’s always something to learn about intergenerational giving.
Through a series of five Modules, Generations Together offers information, resources, and ideas for activities for you and your family. In each Module, there are resources for different learning styles: Read, Tune-in, and Do. We’ve included lots of real life examples from giving families.
Take a look at the collection, carefully curated for families at every stage—whether you’re just starting out or have been active for generations.
The collection is based on almost two decades of work with families. Over and over, we hear from family members eager for guidance and support.
Where do I even begin? I’ve learned so much through the years it’s hard to know where to start.
Our young people are ready—it’s the older folks who need help preparing for this transition. Help!
My kids are so busy—but they want to be involved. What resources can I share with them?
I’ve been asked to help “on board” the next generation, but I don’t know what they need to learn.
You’ll find answers to these questions and so many more. Most of the information and resources identified here target young people between the ages of 12 and 24. But many could be used with children as young as 6 or for those over 40!
Getting to know our family
It’s tempting for people new to philanthropy to jump into learning about issues they care deeply about. Or about a nonprofit getting great results. But the place to start in family philanthropy is clear: your family.
Your family is the reason your giving program exists—it’s the force that said “let’s come together and do something that is larger than ourselves.” It’s what makes your experience unique and powerful.
In this module, you’ll not only reinforce what you know about your family members, but you’re guaranteed to discover something new. Along the way, you might discover something about yourself and learn some ideas for using the best that each family member brings to the table.
Sharing your family’s history is an important first step to engaging a new generation in your family's philanthropy, providing a window into the rich heritage of your forbearers. It helps young people feel more connected with the generations preceding them and gain a greater appreciation of their place within this evolving story.
Creating a family tree is a dynamic way to capture your family’s structure and history. It’s a visual representation of generations rooted to a shared legacy.