Personal and shared values guide most giving decisions. There are clues to our core values through the visions we have, goals we set, what worries us, how we use our time and money, and what feelings and attitudes we have.
The most effective giving families have worked to identify their shared values and use these to shape their philanthropy, while also appreciating and recognizing the values and interests of individual family members.
Each family member should take a few minutes to choose five values that most resonate with them. You may want to look up a list of core values as a starting point, or use the activity listed above! Some members will see that they hold many core values but the objective is to pick the five overarching core values for themselves.
After this activity, go to http://www.wordle.net/ and type in all of the values that were listed. If values are repeated, you should repeat them in the text box as well, so that the values that are most repeated appear more prominently in the wordle. An example can be seen above.
Completing the Activity: The notion that charity begins at home has never been easier to teach children than with this enchanting gift set based on the Jewish tradition of tzadakah, in which children save coins in banks for the less fortunate. Added inspiration for contributing to worthy causes comes from Emmy Award-winning television personality Mister Rogers, whose peaceful "neighborhood" has been a comforting presence in millions of homes for more than 25 years. In the book that accompanies THE GIVING BOX, Mister Rogers teaches lessons of generosity and charity through heartwarming fictional stories set in countries around the world. For children, he describes how good it feels to give to those less fortunate, and reveals how even one child's contribution can make a difference. For parents, he offers wise suggestions and practical guidelines on teaching children the moral lesson of compassion for others and the value of charity.