For many families, philanthropy offers opportunities for shaping their children’s values around wealth, responsibility, and giving back.
In this unit you will learn how to talk about wealth to encourage an ethic of pilanthropy and sharing.
Create a monthly "giving" calendar
Completing the activity: Create your own "generosity days" or pick from a list of existing holidays. Jot down giving activities you plan to engage in, and let the kids add drawings or photos cut out of magazines onto the calendar. For example, for National Good Neighbor Day, you could draw some leaves and plan to rake the yard of an elderly neighbor. As another example, at the Arbor Day Foundation website, you can buy Give-a-Tree cards for any occasion. They'll send you the card so you can sign it and give it to someone you wish to honor along with a special message. (Source: Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age by Susan Crites Price).
Completing the activity: 21/64 and Coventry Edwards-Pitt created this collection of interactive resources to inspire and support parents interested in fostering financial literacy, altruism and independence in their children. Contents include: a series of cards designed to support candid exchanges and discussions among family members about values, wealth and responsibility; A guide for raising the next generation to be “healthy, wealthy and wise;” and a case study series on Lessons from Successful and Grounded Inheritors on How They Got That Way
Each month this fun and family-friendly website provides tips and instructions for a shared family activity designed to allow multiple generations to give and volunteer alongside one another.