Children practice what they see, so if you are consciously contributing, the chances of them being an active member of society increases. However, if they start giving at a young age, they receive the benefits of the contribution-high, early on, increasing the chances of being a life-long contributor. Remember it is not only what you give, but how. So teach them innovative and conscious ways to donate, and don’t be afraid if they make some money while they are doing social good.
I have come across this giving sight CHIMP. As it describes itself as “an online giving platform for everyday philanthropists, whether new or seasoned, young or old, wealthy or not. With features like instantly organized tax receipts, automated donations, group giving, and privacy protection, your CHIMP Account lets you give now or save up to give later—whatever is most rewarding to you.” Check it out here: https://chimp.net/fees
CHIMP is the most cost-effective way to give online in Canada. They don’t charge an administrative fee on your gifts, and
having a CHIMP Account is free.
CHIMP shares some great suggests on how to get your children engaged in charitable giving written by Katie McCourt. Enjoy! Share how you get your children involved in contributing to society AND what observations have you made?
Here is the article…by Katie McCourt, from CHIMP
Your children’s contributions count too!
Here at CHIMP, we believe it’s never too early to involve your children in charitable giving. We all have causes we believe in or changes we would like to see, and what better way to achieve this than to raise the next generation to be kind, compassionate and generous?
Giving charitably as a family can teach children how good it feels to give, and empower them to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
Here are a few suggestions we think might encourage your children to become young philanthropists and make an impact:
1 – Be open and lead by example
Be the best role model you can be for your children. If there are issues and causes that you care about, then your children will care as well. Actively discuss world problems you are passionate about to increase their understanding. Turn interest into action and involve them when you make charitable donations.
2 – Help fundraise
Help your children think up fundraising ideas such as setting up a lemonade stand, or selling old clothes and toys at a garage sale. They can donate the money and maybe even keep a few dollars themselves! If it’s fun and enjoyable, they will want to do it again in the future.
3 – Work together
Show them that when we work together we can make even more of a difference. If your kids decide to make a donation – match it! With CHIMP you can set up a giving group for you and your family so you can easily track your contributions.
4 – Purposeful acts of kindness
Whether it’s checking in on an elderly neighbour or making a donation to a food bank, consistent acts of kindness can show your children how their actions can have a positive impact on the lives of others.
5 – Make special occasions charitable
Why not encourage your child to ask friends and family to make charitable donations for their next birthday? Involve them in the process of choosing a cause so they can engage and understand the positive impact they could have. Set up a giving group on CHIMP so friends and family can easily donate and clearly track the amount raised.
Children are the future so let’s do our best to make it a great one! We’d love to hear how you’ve encouraged your children to get involved with charitable donations #charitymatters
Until next time, make your contribution count.