As we talk about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and healthy relationships, I think of how acts of philanthropy can help create stronger relationships, not just within the community but within families. We have several parent-child teams who help us at the WCA. Their shared experiences create opportunities for conversations that they might not otherwise have.
I’ve heard from several of our donors who use their personal financial philanthropy as a model for their children and grandchildren. One of the most impactful ideas I’ve heard is from a parent who teaches her children to split their allowances (or earned money in older children) three ways – one third can be spent on whatever they want, one third is put in savings for a long term goal, and one third is set aside to donate to cause the child cares about. If your child or grandchild is unsure of what interests them that presents a great opportunity to explore many of the wonderful nonprofits in our community. Like the WCA, many of the nonprofits here in the Treasure Valley offer educational tours to for the public on a regular basis. Check out their websites for details. Our tour schedule may be found here.
Philanthropy isn’t just about financial giving, it’s also about volunteering. Teens gain many benefits from volunteering, such as:
- Developing an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for “giving back” and helping others.
- Exposure to diversity and multiculturalism.
- Opportunities to apply academic learning to real human needs.
- Building relationships and “social connectedness” with peers, adults, and activists sharing a cause.
- Improve communication and critical thinking skills.
- Help students stand out among other applicants; admissions officers want well rounded co-eds who volunteer; service work is a leading decision-making factor after a student’s GPA and SAT scores.
- Provide a topic of interest for college essays; emphasis on “why” and “how” a student has tackled an issue.
Think of what sharing your philanthropic values and goals with your children may make possible for your family. Not only will it help them get real-world experiences, connect with the community and build stronger college applications, but it may also help you bond and form a lifelong connection through philanthropy
Pease watch our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer opportunities.
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