How do you share the joy of giving with your loved ones? Here are some tips to help you make a greater difference together:
Decide over dinner. Once a month collect fundraising solicitations you receive and discuss them as a family at the dinner table. Decide as a group if you will donate to these organizations – and if not, identify others you'd rather support. (Kid-friendly!)
Give time and talent. Encourage volunteering. Talk to the young people in your life about what special skills they can share with organizations in your community. Bring them along when you volunteer. (Kid-friendly!)
Try the 10% plan. Donate a percentage of your everyday expenses to help others meet their basic needs. Save grocery receipts and donate 10% of what you spend to a food shelf. Contribute 10% of your rent or mortgage to help people find a home. Donate a portion of the cost of your sports tickets or museum membership to help someone else appreciate these interests.
Picture a better world. Make a collage with pictures of yourself and your family and cut out from magazines to reflect the kind of change you want to make in the world. (Kid-friendly!)
Whether you're just starting to give as a family, or if you've been charitable for generations, it can be fun and worthwhile to reflect on:
- the VALUES you've inherited and experiences that have shaped you,
- what inspires you and your VISION for a better world,
- and the kind of LEGACY you want to create.
The following family conversation starters are meant spark dialogue around VALUES, VISION, AND LEGACY so you can be more intentional about the difference you want to make.
- What is your favorite nonprofit organization and why?
- If you inherited $1 million to give to charity, how would you use it?
- What is one experience you think everyone in the world should get to have?
- Pick three words that describe your family's core values.
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