Teaching Philanthropy

Grace Armstrong Uncategorized

I recently served as a panelist representing the nonprofit sector. The audience was a chamber leadership group. As might be expected, I was asked what advice I would give the audience about nonprofits. That is a big question and one that could be answered in so many different ways.

What I answered that night was: Teach your children philanthropy. I think it is important to think about the future and what we can do today to keep the future promising. The fact is that 83% of charitable giving is from individuals (this includes bequests). The best way to insure that this number grows is to teach our children about giving.

The latest trend in philanthropy indicates that more people are giving but they are giving in smaller amounts. The reason for this is likely the opportunities to give through social media. Gifts given through text message are limited to $20 per gift. There are more opportunities now than ever before to give in different ways. Our children hear it on television. We want them to hear it and see it modeled at home. We want children to learn to share their treasure and give their time at an early age. The best way for that to happen is for children to learn from their families.
That is one way for the nonprofit sector to thrive and continue meeting needs beyond those of us here today.