We all have causes we care about and changes we would like to see in the world!
Thanksgiving is a great time to think about what matters most to you and how you can give back. It’s also a great time to engage children in charitable giving and encourage them to think about the causes they care about. Giving charitably as a family, or group of friends can teach children how good it feels to give, and empower them to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
If you are hoping to start the conversation about charitable giving with the children in your life, but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few tips that will hopefully make your life a little easier!
Break it down and keep it simple
Keep ideas around charity and giving simple and easy to understand. Stick to discussing core themes such as helping others, being kind and being generous.
Be curious and ask questions
Ask children their opinions on what they care about, and what changes they wish they could make in the world. Who would they help if they could? Express curiosity for their ideas and encourage them to think more deeply about others.
Talk about how you help others
Explain how you give back to the causes you care about. If you volunteer, explain what you do, and the impact it has. Talk about the causes you donate money to, and how that money could make a difference.
Give a Charitable Allowance
Back-up your conversations by giving a charitable allowance of $10 a month into a CHIMP Account. Children can then donate this to the charity, or cause of their choice. This allows them to directly engage with the act of giving, and experience the good feeling that follows!