Trust Your Children
As adults, we often don’t give kids enough credit. Yes, they’re young – but many are also very capable indeed. Give them a nominal but sizeable sum – say $50 or $100 – and let them decide where they want to put it to use.
You’ll be surprised by the creative solutions they’ll come up with. In many cases, they’ll trump anything you could have thought of. To give the exercise that extra ‘oomph’ factor, have your children accompany the donation with a letter that explains why they’ve chosen to donate to that particular charity or cause.
It’s Not All In the Money
Charity and doing good doesn’t just revolve around money. Sometimes all it takes is a little elbow grease and creative thinking. For example, have your kids help lobby for funding of school meals for low-income students, volunteer at your local food pantry, help an elderly neighbor with chores, and the list goes on and on.
Fighting for Worthy Causes
Writing letters to elected officials, talking to parents, and setting up meetings with school officials can take their cause further than any donation. Not only that, your children will learn to truly get stuck in and involved in a worthy cause.