A study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy shows that parents who talk to their kids about giving increase the chance that those kids will give to charity.
“This research provides a clear, effective path for parents who want to encourage their children to be generous and caring,” said Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., director of the Institute. “The way parents teach their children about giving matters. Talking to children about charity is effective across all types of U.S. households, pointing the way to raising future philanthropists.”
The study also found that 9 out of 10 kids are philanthropic, and that girls and boys are equally like to give money to charitable causes. Girls tend to volunteer their time more often than boys, and that keeps going even as they grow older.
So it seems the future is bright when kids hear the message at home first. Do you talk to your kids about helping others? Do you make charitable giving a part of your family?