Growing to Give: Instilling Philanthropic Values in Teens and Preteens

The teenage years can be the most tumultuous ones—particularly for parents! Parents may want their children to become charitable for any number of reasons: to prepare them to take formal leadership one day of the family’s foundation or other giving vehicle; to participate in philanthropy as a family activity; or to develop charitable natures as an antidote to the possibility of being spoiled by wealth. This Passages Issue Brief describes many practical reasons for engaging youth in charitable activities, as well as the variety of activites parents can use to instill philanthropic values in their children.