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You may already be involved in fundraising through schools, scouts, or other places, but bringing philanthropy into the home makes giving back to your community a whole-family effort.
You can introduce your child to the rewards of helping others by establishing an “I Can Make a Change" jar.
One of the best ways to inspire a budding philanthropist is to choose a charitable organization that appeals to their passion. Consider your personal hobbies, favorite school subjects and stories in the news that spark your curiosity.
Are there specific causes or issues you find interesting? Use this information to guide you in selecting a charity or cause toward which to make a contribution.
If you have an artist or musician in the family, consider donating to an art museum or local symphony. An animal lover may opt to support a local shelter or rescue group. An avid reader may be interested in helping fund a literacy program.
No matter what your interests are, there is a group—local, national or international—to match your passion. To get started, check out GuideStar.org for a listing of local, national and international charities.
Once you have selected an organization, it's time to begin raising funds! Set up a lemonade stand or neighborhood bake sale with all proceeds benefiting your charity of choice. Be sure to share with customers where their money will go.
Track your progress as a donation jar fills. Celebrate when you reach the halfway point. There are many other ways to make charitable giving fun. They don't call it FUNdraising for nothing!
Before you begin collecting donations, ask each family member to estimate how much money will be inside the jar once it's full. When the coins reach the top, count it up and reward the person who had the closest guess.
Much like learning a foreign language, the earlier you begin practicing charitable giving, the more likely it will be a lifelong habit. Planting a seed of compassion shows you don't have to wait until you're rich to make a positive change.