Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

YOU the Philanthropy Role Model

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Whether YOU are a parent, grandparent, teacher or volunteer, anytime YOU are around children, YOU have the potential to teach them the importance of giving back.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor ofNew York City, once said “If you want to do something for your children and show how much you love them, the single best thing – by far – is to support organizations that will create a better world for them and their children. And by giving, we inspire others to give of themselves, whether their money or their time.”

Teaching by example is a great way of showing children how they can give back to their community. However, kids also learn well by doing something themselves, so it is important to take a hands-on approach to philanthropy as well.

In a magazine from Australia called Body+Soul, an article titled “Charity begins at home for kids” provides suggestions to parents on how to get their kids actively involved in philanthropy. The article features the following tips from Tim O’Connor of UNICEF Australia:

  1. Make a family decision: When considering making a donation to an emergency, an organisation or an issue, include your children in the conversation. Which organisation should you consider donating towards? What will the impact be?
  2. Set up a spend-give-save policy: Talk to your children about their pocket money. What do they want to buy now, what do they want to save for and what would they like to donate to charity?
  3. Research “non-profits”: Encourage kids to learn about the different problems people have, from homelessness to maternal mortality, and get them thinking about the organisations that offer support.
  4. Offer a matching grant: Match what your kids raise to increase their commitment and impact.
  5. Give time: Many local charities need volunteers. How can your kids help?
  6. Every bit helps: Show them the impact their donation can make. “This is crucial to illustrating that their contribution is making a difference,” O’Connor says.

To read the full Body+Soul article, please follow this link:

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/parenting+pregnancy/parenthood/charity+begins+at+home+for+kids,17565

 While charity may begin at home, we also have to continue that lesson in society as a whole. Even if YOU are not a parent, YOU can play a role in showing kids how they can help their community.

In a Today’s Parent article called “Teaching your kids life lessons,” author Randi Chapnik Myers describes the new focus in our education system on teaching children about responsibility, respect and compassion.

Using Ontario as an example, Chapnik Myers explains that teachers, parents and members of the greater school community work together to find shared values which are then worked into the school curriculum.

To read the full Today’s Parent article, please follow this link:

http://www.todaysparent.com/school-age/behaviour/teaching-your-kids-life-lessons

When I volunteered with a children’s group, I found that kids really enjoyed getting involved with philanthropy projects. They were always excited to help with each new initiative. Prizes were never an incentive. They were just happy knowing that they were making a difference.

What do YOU think? How can YOU be a philanthropy role model for kids? How do YOU get your kids involved in giving back to their community?

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    the same subjects? Thanks a ton!

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