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How can you raise generous children?

June 16, 2009

Somehow I got to this interesting little article (sorry for whoever I should give a hat tip to!), on how to raise generous children.  We all know that philanthropy is important – but it’s easier to cultivate and practice when you start early.  These tips come from a study by Independent Sector on what activities are linked with adult giving.  The following activities in children lead to a lifetime of generosity:

  • Seeing an admired person who isn’t a family member help others.
  • Seeing a family member help others.
  • Doing volunteer work.
  • Raising money door to door.
  • Being active in student government.
  • Belonging to a youth group, such as the Boy Scouts.
  • Being active in a religious organization.
  • Being helped by others.

How do you measure up as a parent?  Do you instill values of giving and volunteering in your kids?  Whether or not you have kids, do you remember these influences when you were a kid?  I attribute my interest and commitment to philanthropy directly to my parents and my religious community – what about you?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 5:21 pm

    Great questions – and who knows how to answer? I’m on a similar journey myself with my young children and would love to hear more about what others are doing to instill goodness in the generations joining us today…


  1. More on raising philanthropic kids « The South Asian Philanthropy Project

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