Every family has its own unique culture and traditions, especially as they relate to giving. Creating the space for youth to discover the importance of valuing cultures and traditions will aid in the successful integration of the next generation to your family’s philanthropic work.
While you want to encourage new and vibrant ideas from the next generation, you will also want to ensure that they are aware of the family culture and traditions that currently exist within your giving program.
Create a family mission statement
Completing the activity: Read this article from The Atlantic on the value and purpose of a written family mission statement and then use, for example, the simple approach developed by Families with Purpose for creating your own family mission statement. While this statement may differ from your larger family's collective statement, the process of talking this through will help you better understand and appreciate your own values and traditions.