Why Parents Should Introduce Philanthropy to Their Children
Why Parents Should Introduce Philanthropy to Their Children
By: Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children's Villages - USA

If we want to build the next generation of philanthropists, we must give children access to philanthropic opportunities. According to a study by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 90 percent of children aged 8-19 give to charity, and talking to children about charitable giving significantly increases their giving. This to me sounds like we have a generation of children ready and willing to work on improving the world. We just need to do our part to support them.
 
When I was a young teen, my parents took me to visit poverty-stricken communities in my hometown of Detroit, MI. It was their way of giving me a crash course in philanthropy, and I learned a lot from those visits.
 
We visited the city's orphanages and played games with the children. We helped set up food pantries to ensure access to good nourishment for lower income residents. These experiences were unforgettable, and played a significant role in shaping me into the person I am today.
 
I found myself revisiting these memories during a recent trip to our SOS Children's Villages (SOS) in Nicaragua -- the largest country in Central America with a difficult history. I was joined by our Board of Directors, several of whom included their young daughters in the trip to introduce them to SOS's work. It was an exciting and meaningful experience for their girls, and an inspiring one for me.

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