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Module 2: Unit 2

Family engagement

What are some ways your family has involved different generations or branches of the family? What are some ideas for new approaches? Find out here.

Read (20 minutes)
'On-boarding' the next gen: The Durfee Foundation's approach Discover one family foundation’s approach for introducing next gen family members to their rich history
Read (90+ minutes)
Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age ($$) Susan Crites Price’s Generation Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age is a road map for parents, grandparents and others who want to teach kids—from toddlers through teenagers—to live compassionately. It’s full of practical ideas for helping young people find their passions and experience both virtual and real-world giving.
Read (45 minutes)
Igniting the Spark - Creating Effective Next Gen Boards This Passages issue brief introduces next gen boards as a tool for preparing younger family members for philanthropic service, and examples of how families have successfully used next gen boards for this purpose.
Do (90+ minutes)


Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving ($$) 

Completing the activity: The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII), a signature program of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, has the perfect way to stay involved in philanthropy all year long: philanthropy in a box. 

This Gift Box helps families incorporate generosity in their lives throughout the year. The box comes with: a graphic novel that introduces the concepts of giving time, talent and treasure; activity cards with hands-on ideas; a set of “conversation starter” cards; a deck of cards to play two different games; Phil’s Giving Circle tokens that a child can leave for someone else when doing a good deed; monthly calendar reminders with “Calls to Action;” and a family pledge card.

It is a great way to get the whole family involved in philanthropy in a fun way.

Read (30 minutes)
The hip family's guide to happier holidays Lisa Parker of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation says in her guide: “The single best piece of advice I received as a young mom was that my job was to create memories for my children...we needed to be more purposeful — more intentional — about our time and money, and spending them in ways that would enrich us and bring more joy to our family and communities.” This free guide provides tips for how to do this with your family.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
The giving family: Involving children in your family's philanthropy This webinar provides insight on how to help children develop personal mission statements, learn about grants, and establish volunteer experiences to enhance their journey into family philanthropy.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Passing the baton: Generations sharing leadership This webinar features lessons learned from the family business world, creative options for shared leadership, and tips for successful transitions from NCFP Senior Fellow Alice Buhl.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Raising charitable children Use this webinar as a guideline to help children develop their philanthropic interests and skills through examples of approaches and activities for preteens (10-12) and teenagers (13-18).
Do (15 minutes)
Council of Michigan Foundations intergenerational toolkit ($$) Discover approaches to multi-generational engagement in your family's philanthropy through customizable activities that speak to each individual's personality, skills, and life-experiences.
Do (90+ minutes)


Discover what you care about in a family context

Completing the Activity: What is it, when you watch the news, talk to your friends, or listen to what’s going on in the world that really saddens you, makes you angry, or makes you wish that you could do something to change it?

Spend several weeks thinking about and researching this. Read through a newspaper, talk to your family and surf the web. Jot down 3-5 areas of concern that you want to explore:
1. ______________________________________________________________________________
2. ______________________________________________________________________________
3. ______________________________________________________________________________
4. ______________________________________________________________________________
5. ______________________________________________________________________________

From this list, choose one area of concern that you will address through your Family Foundation work. Write a few sentences explaining why this area matters most to you.

Discuss this area with your family and brainstorm ideas for how your family's mission and giving can help you address this issue you're passionate about.

This Activity is Provided by: The Andrus Fund