April 2018

  • Posted by Kevin Patten

    Trade Wars? What could this mean for the markets?

    April 17, 2018

    Is it part of “The Art of the Deal” a ploy to help negotiate better trade terms with China or is it the beginning of an all-out trade war.  The President announced tariffs on steel, aluminum and China countered with tariffs on U.S. farm products.  

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March 2017

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Neighborly Inspiration

    March 29, 2017

    A friend of ours recently shared this compassionate story of how she was inspired by another donor we featured, The Cheerful Giver.

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January 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Lesson from Luke

    January 8, 2015

    After spin class last Saturday, my neighbor Kevin asked my advice about making a donation.  His son Luke, who is in 2nd grade, had seen the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSPCA) commercials showing injured and abandoned animals and wanted to make a donation to an animal shelter.  After discussing some local shelter options, I told Kevin about the Foundation’s Talk About Giving Game and how it could help facilitate his family’s conversation about charity. 

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December 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    7 Generous Family Holiday Traditions

    December 17, 2014

    Traditions make this time of year extra special.  In addition to strengthening family bonds, traditions teach values and skills to your children. During the holidays, children can get wrapped up making their wish lists for Santa and dropping hints about special toys they’d like to see under the tree. This year, take time to incorporate some of these simple and fun traditions that teach giving into your holiday plans:

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October 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Why Do You Give?

    October 31, 2014

    30 years ago, several Midlands business leaders came together to

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Giving is Contagious

    October 3, 2014

    Did you know you can catch the “Giving Bug?”  That’s right, giving is contagious.  The more you give and, spread your passion for giving to others, the more others will give.  When you give, you create a ripple effect, spreading generosity throughout our community.  Your gifts today can inspire others to be generous tomorrow.

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September 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The Impact of Simplicity

    September 19, 2014

    Simplicity.  Even the sound of the word makes me smile.  It is a characteristic many of us strive for but, with the demands

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August 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    What Motivates You to Give?

    August 22, 2014

    There are many reasons a person chooses to be philanthropic. But, it is often surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the personal motivations that drive our decision. Aristotle said “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Knowing the motivations behind our charitable efforts helps us make wise choices when deciding where to give. This knowledge can make the difference between proactive and reactive giving.

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July 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Conversation on Multi-Generational Giving

    July 11, 2014

    Four generations. Five panelists. Different views on philanthropy. And, one giant elephant. These were the items in the room at Palmer Memorial Chapel when we began our Multi-Generational Family Forum on June 17th. Through group activities and discussion, participants furthered their understanding of how each generation thinks and, in turn, increased their ability to engage their entire family in philanthropy. The conversation also centered on the barriers that affect giving (our elephant) and how a multi-generational family could address them.  

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May 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Magnify the Midlands

    May 1, 2014

    Do you remember using a magnify glass growing up? Most likely, you used it in science class or maybe in your own exploration of the world.

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April 2014

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Leaving a "Giving" Footprint

    April 24, 2014

    With the celebration of Earth Day this week, there were lots of conversations about making the world a better place for future generations. We were reminded that how we care for our planet today affects those who will be living here long after we are gone. Interestingly enough, this concept also applies to our giving habits. If we are proactive, we can help the future generations through family philanthropy and planned giving. 

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March 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Three Simple Questions: A Daily Reminder to Give

    March 28, 2014

    Similar to many areas of life, learning to give takes practice. For many of us, giving does not come naturally but is something we must grow to appreciate and value and be reminded of on a daily basis. This is especially true as we strive to raise generous children. 

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Question of the Week: What’s something you are willing to do without right now?

    March 6, 2014

    With the beginning of Lent, many people are considering things that they can temporarily live without, but this lesson is one that anyone can benefit from. By figuring out what we can live without, we are able to gain perspective on our wants versus our needs.

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July 2013

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    The Tale of Two Seas

    July 8, 2013

    School might be out, but we have an interesting, mid-summer lesson! Have you heard about the two seas in Israel and Jordan. Take a peek at the map here.

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March 2013

February 2013

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Taking A Moment to Teach: Turn Passing Conversation Into Meaningful Dialogue

    February 7, 2013

    Quick story: Once, there was a terribly messy little girl. Despite numerous prodding from her mother, she couldn't seem to keep her clothes in the closet or her toys put away. One afternoon, her frustrated mother finally announced: “If your stuff isn't cleaned up by this afternoon, we’re giving it away to other little girls who don’t have the things they need.”

    When the mother came back later to check on her daughter’s progress, she was stunned to see the room clean and bare—and her daughter’s toys, clothes, and books stuffed into big bags. “I have lots of stuff, Mommy,” the daughter explained. “I want to give my things to the kids who don’t have anything.” 

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December 2012

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Children and Finances: Where to start?

    December 5, 2012

    Authored By Helen Meyers

    Regardless of the age of your kids, from toddlers to teens, it’s never too early or too late to start talking about money. But where to begin? It’s not always intuitive. Here are a few tips to get you in the right frame of mind and steer you in the right direction.

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November 2012

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Giving Tuesday 2012

    November 27, 2012

    Many of us hit the stores on Black Friday. Maybe even more of us participated in Cyber Monday. Lots of us shopped locally on Small Business Saturday.  'Tis the season of giving and getting. But what about really giving?

    Well now we have an opportunity to show that we 'give as good as we get' on GIVING TUESDAY. Today! It's simple, really. All you have to do is find a way to participate in acts of giving. You could include your family, your business or a group of your friends. You can volunteer, you can give financially, you can help a neighbor. It doesn't matter what you do, just simply do it.

    Bonus points for Giving Tuesday? Tell your children. Better yet? Include them.

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  • Posted by David Laird

    How Your Family Can Help the Hungry

    November 15, 2012

    This week we are observing National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 10-18). Hunger is a huge problem and a complicated issue, but we can empower our children to make a difference if we educate them about the issue and provide them with opportunities to help instead of ignoring or attempting to insulate them from the reality of this epidemic issue. One in four children in our state goes to bed hungry at night. It is all around us. Here are some ways you can help and get your family involved in making a difference in the lives of those that are hungry.

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July 2012

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Perspective on Parenting

    July 25, 2012

    Authored by Julie Smith Turner

    I beat myself up about my mothering capabilities pretty often. I don’t send pictures to grandparents. I am a complete failure at baby books — wait, maybe that’s only a 70 percent failure. I make decisions I regret. I still let them watch too much TV. I raise my voice more often than I would like. I just came from a meeting focused on creating a website for a nonprofit that shelters homeless families. As part of the program these families get a life plan as well. It’s no wonder their success rate is so high. It’s so easy to forget how much my husband and I give our children every day. Not gifts and possessions, but stability, love, responsibility, a home. Luxuries that are beyond the reach of many families in our community. That’s a sobering thought.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    What Do Your Children Care About?

    July 11, 2012

    Our primary motivation in charitable giving is rooted in making a difference. Whether it’s supporting an institution or organization that is meaningful to us personally, or taking a stand in support of a cause we believe in, the majority of people simply believe in the value of giving. Giving is intrinsically good and right.

    But taking it a step further, we support that which we are passionate. And everyone’s passion is different. Throughout life we are influenced by others and our experiences and as we grow our values evolve.

    In teaching our children about giving, we have a unique opportunity to help them explore their own talents and passions. By talking with our children about what they care about, we can find ways for them to make a difference while learning about a subject near and dear to them. If they care about animals, help them research the different rescue organizations or shelters and select one to share their lemonade sale profits or allowance with. If they’re interested in science look at local science museums or the planetarium and talk about their needs and ways to get involved together.

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June 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Family Influence

    June 25, 2012

    We’re all familiar with the research. The number one influence in a child’s development is home and family. In some ways this is enlightening and in other ways it’s kind of frightening. What we do really does impact our children’s behaviors and habits. From the earliest days, babies follow their parents’ moves, mimic their expressions and respond to their actions. And this influence grows as the child develops cognitively.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Giving and the Next Generation

    June 20, 2012

    If you're reading this blog, chances are you're philanthropic. When we say that, we mean that you give in some way. You value charitable giving.

    The question is, do your children know this? Are your children aware of your efforts? Do they know that helping others or supporting causes that are meaningful is one of your family's values?

    Think about it. Do you discuss your philanthropic giving at home?

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May 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Making Realistic Commitments

    May 16, 2012

    Have you ever found yourself in a position where you’ve ‘bitten off a little more than you can chew?’ We’re all probably guilty of it – from making commitments we simply cannot keep to burning-out, losing interest or all-out flaking. Whatever the reason, not following through with a commitment is disappointing and can discourage you from trying again in the future.

    When introducing your family to giving, it's important that we successfully meet our obligations but also have our expectations met. In doing this, you're more likely to create a positive experience that will likely have your children asking for more.

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Sharing Our Talent

    May 14, 2012

    Sometimes, opportunities to give are not totally obvious. We talk a lot about giving financially. And we hear about opportunities to volunteer all the time. But what other ways can we help others? What else can we share?

    How about our talent?

    In addition to money and time, nonprofits have specific needs that others can help them with by providing expertise. Children’s ‘expertise’ and interests might change as often as the seasons, but we can help our kids find opportunities to use their talent for the good of others. For many, this form of giving can be extremely rewarding because we’re not only helping those that we care about, we are using our personal skills to do it.

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March 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Influencing Compassion

    March 26, 2012

    For whatever reason, we have a tendency to judge those who are less fortunate or different in some way. And as our society struggles with bullying, we are more and more aware that this starts at an early age.

    Fortunately as parents and mentors we have opportunity to influence our children’s ‘compassion meters’ and there are numerous ways we can do this. Not only will they be better for it, but the world will be a sweeter place. Here are some tips and ideas:

    Point out examples. There are acts of compassion everywhere. Be sure your kids notice! You might see it on TV, in a book or in person. Or maybe someone you know has done something kind for someone else. Tell your children about it. Nip potential false impressions in the bud. All homeless people are not alcoholics. Children whose parents are unable to care for them are just as deserving as we are. Every drug addict is not a bad person. Kids with special needs are not less worthy of our friendship. Feel free to guide your children as they’re formulating their opinions of others.

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February 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Finding A Balance

    February 27, 2012

    We recently heard a story about a five-year-old who suggested that her mother use Clorox ‘Veach’ to clean her younger sister’s stained paints. We also know a two-year-old who refused to wear a Pull-Up that didn’t feature Dora the Explorer’s pet monkey, Boots. You see, all the Pull-Ups in the box include Dora, but not all of them include Boots.

    It starts early, and it’s intense. Annually $17 billion is spent by companies advertising to children in the U.S. Children are inundated by messages that tell them what they should want and why. Children are cash-cows for corporations, according to one author and “corporations manipulate consumers, including children, into believing they must have a product or service.” A 2009 study found that children in the U.S. spend one week of their lives each year television advertisements. Throw in the social pressure to have the latest and greatest, and it’s no wonder parents regularly hear, “I want, I want, I want.”

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Question of the Week: How is our Money Used?

    February 17, 2012

    As you probably know, the Susan G. Komen Foundation recently caused quite a stir. We are certainly not here to debate their decision(s) or the fall-out(s), but in reading responses to articles and social media postings over the past week, it is evident that many of us are not completely aware of how the nonprofits we support use the money we donate or raise on their behalf. It’s important to do your homework before supporting charities to ensure that your money is being used appropriately and in support of initiatives that you intend to be part of. For adults this can obviously involve significant financial investigation and vetting, however there are activities and discussions children can participate in to increase their awareness of what they are supporting and understand the importance of being sure our money is used well.

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January 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Five Ways to Encourage Big Dreams

    January 16, 2012

    "I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreams are like roadmaps. Like plans that will lead us where we wish to go, change we desire to see and shape whom we become. As parents, we can help our children contemplate their dreams, what they wish for in life and what they care for most. Naturally, these dreams will be modified in time. What your five-year-old dreams of today might be different when she is eight. But providing our children with an environment where they can flourish and dream – and dream big – will increase their chances of dreaming big when it really counts.

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Why Donations of Every Size Count

    January 9, 2012

    Chances are, you are a philanthropist. We’ve already established this. Personal wealth certainly is not a requirement for philanthropy and you don’t need have a family foundation or give so much that you receive fantastic tax credits to make a big difference. In fact, did you know that individuals make up 75 percent of giving in America? Did you also know that the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans account for only 25 percent of all charitable giving? Taking it a step further, when calculated as a percentage of income, those who earn less than $20,000 become twice as charitable as those who earn $100,000.

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December 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    TAG Holiday Gift Guide - 2011!

    December 5, 2011

    At Talk About Giving, we read a lot. We research, follow blogs and keep up with news on a variety of subjects that have to do with philanthropy, children and families. While reviewing our notes and considering the upcoming holiday season we realized that over the past year, we've come across some really neat items that might be the perfect presents for your little – or not so little – philanthropists.

    Gifts that educate and inspire giving. What could be better? So here are some of our favorites. If you have others, we'd LOVE to hear about them!

    Happy Giving!

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November 2011

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    What's Your Family's Legacy?

    November 9, 2011

     Perhaps you read or saw in the news yesterday or today that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden recently received its largest bequest in its 37-year history. An unrestricted gift of $863,000 from Melinda Poole Grizzell, a Lexington resident who moved to the Midlands about 20 years ago and passed away earlier this year. It's an incredibly generous gift and the Zoo and our community will benefit greatly. But while reading the news articles online last night, it wasn’t the size of the gift that struck a chord with me; but the underlying theme of legacy.

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October 2011

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    An Open Letter to She Who Inspired Our “Talk About Giving” Movement, Maria Shriver

    October 12, 2011

    Authored by Cathy Monetti

    Dear Maria, It’s funny how one little thing leads to another slightly bigger thing and then another, bigger still. One night in 2005, I sat alone in my bedroom watching a previously recorded Oprah episode. There you were, being interviewed alongside your mother, Eunice Shriver. Enough years have passed that I can’t remember specific details, but you shared a story about growing up in a home in which there were photos of people you never met in your dining room, where conversation centered on how to help those people, who were in need. 

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Recent Studies Indicate Altruism in Babies, Toddlers

    October 11, 2011

    Two recent studies provide new evidence that most children are naturally altruistic. While levels and understanding of generosity changes as children mature and a new link to a specific gene can effect just how giving a person may be, positive reinforcement can help cultivate these values and behaviors. When to start? Possibly earlier than you might think.

    One study published last week by Plos One found that we might actually understand the concepts of altruism and fairness much earlier than thought. In the study, there was a correlation between the subjects (age 15 months) that were willing to share their favorite toy and those that perceived the difference between equal and unequal rations of food. 

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Five Practical Ways to Encourage Change

    October 5, 2011

    Recent studies and reports have confirmed that this generation is more self-absorbed and this consumer culture more materialistic than ever before—but then, if you’re a parent, these facts are probably no surprise to you. Today’s kids could probably tell you what brand of jeans Justin Bieber wears, but most wouldn’t have a clue about the nonprofit organizations their parents support. Because we want our children to become responsible and charitable managers of money when they are adults, we commit to teaching them. And yet, amid our busy everyday lives, it’s not always intuitive and sometimes hard to know just how to begin. 

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September 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Raising Kindness

    September 27, 2011

    While kindness is an intrinsic value, today’s world sends our children all sorts of conflicting messages about compassion, empathy and how we should treat others. And along with that natural tendency for kindness, small children are also naturally self-centered, making it difficult to understand that our needs are not more important than others.

    As parents, we can foster kind and compassionate behavior in our children and influence the natural tendency with which our children consider others. Here are six tips to help guide you in bringing out the best in them. 

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Talking to Kids About Poverty, Hunger

    September 14, 2011

    Last night, the leading stories on the national news focused on two disturbing issues: the growing number of Americans living in poverty and the harrowing drought and famine facing countries in Africa. The news paints real pictures of families that could live right down the street from you, struggling to find work and keep their homes come to mind. And of starving families who have lost their homes and face cholera, measles. Dying by the numbers every day.

    Thinking about these issues from a child’s perspective – putting myself into the shoes of a young person – Kit Kittredge, a young, depression-era character comes to mind. The day her father lost his job at the car dealership and had to leave home to find work … when her mother began renting out rooms in their house and how Kit felt about her family selling eggs from the backyard to help make ends meet. Or memories of singing ‘We Are The World’ in my fourth grade music class at Hammond School – 10,000 miles away from Africa and the devastation facing millions. While I didn’t really understand what was happening there, it was clear that it was bad and that a bunch of people were coming together to help. Still, the affects of being told to eat my peas because there were starving children in Africa wore off quickly.

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July 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Bringing Your Family Together For Good

    July 21, 2011

    What works for other families might not work for yours. In fact, what works for one of your kids might not work at all for another of your kids. Everyone is different. This is probably one of the first lessons you learned about being a parent—and the philosophy is no different when you’re seeking to include philanthropy in your family’s conversation. While some kids might be totally motivated to make a difference in the community after a serious family discussion on the moral obligation of giving, others would rather get behind a family volunteer day at a local nonprofit.

    It’s important to encourage each of your children in their individual philanthropic interests, but you should also look for ways to make giving a shared value that brings your family together. Writing a charitable mission statement is a great way to unite your family around your commitment to giving.  You can tailor this activity to your family’s varying ages and interests. Does your eight-year-old daughter love to draw? Let her make a poster of your mission statement. Maybe your thirteen-year-old is a budding entrepreneur? Let him give your family “foundation” a name.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Today's Challenges and the Next Generation: Passing on the Legacy of Giving

    July 20, 2011

    It’s always eye opening to see your own state, city or a community nearby referenced in the national news. Yesterday, while perusing the Chronicle of Philanthropy I happened upon a news brief from a larger USA Today article entitled ‘Youth Programs Hit as States Cut Budgets.’ Looking a little closer, the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort, SC was one of several examples used to illustrate how youth organizations across the country are scaling back services, shedding employees and in some cases, shutting down due to cuts in funding.

    And we all know that it’s not just youth programs in small towns like Beaufort that are affected. With the Great Recession still looming, we’re seeing an increase in need and a decrease in funding to support services. We recently blogged about the increase in family homelessness in the Midlands and the financial issues local nonprofits such as Harvest Hope Food Bank and The Family Shelter are facing. And these are just a few examples of growing problems that need to be addressed and shrinking budgets that need to be subsidized. We’re in a pickle that is likely to get worse before it gets better; and a big part of the solution is going to have to be you and me.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Community Concern: Family Homelessness in the Midlands

    July 6, 2011

    If you saw The State this past weekend you might have noticed several references to family homelessness, a rising issue facing the Midlands. It was surprising to learn that in the past four years the state of South Carolina has seen a 46 percent increase in homeless students in public schools. Even more shocking: every school in Richland District One has at least one homeless student. And it’s not an issue unique to our backyard.  According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, families and children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population.

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May 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Columbia’s Shop Tart Talks About Giving

    May 11, 2011

    We’re all working hard to raise well-adjusted, well-behaved and well-mannered kids that share, play fair and respect others. A lot of the time we feel like we’re on the right track … but everyone has those moments where we question our efforts. The Shop Tart describes one perfectly – and chances are you can recollect a similar moment in your household. How nice to know we’re not alone.

    Similarly, like our friend the Shop Tart who has all the best advice about where to find what and what’s going on in town, most of us enjoy nice things, good food and fun. We want our children to have the best – a solid education, inviting home, fun toys and cute clothes. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But we also want our children, like Matthew and McKenzie featured below, to appreciate what they have and recognize what’s most important in life.

    Like everything else, they won’t know unless we tell them. They won’t learn if we don’t teach them. They won’t see unless we show them. Talk About Giving is here to help!

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April 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Report Says Children Are Clueless about Charitable Giving

    April 29, 2011

    There are probably many words we hope will describe our children when they become adults: confident, ethical, happy, responsible. And, according to research, 90 percent of us also want our children to be charitable. Giving exemplifies kindness, compassion, sharing, and empathy—traits we work hard to instill in our children as they grow toward adulthood. However, while we teach our kids to work hard, respect others, earn good grades (among a multitude of other life lessons), research reveals that we don’t teach them how to give.

    A recent report found that a shocking 77 percent of children under the age of 17 are either totally unaware that their parents give charitably, or they are clueless about how and to whom their parents give. When asked about how their parents support causes or organizations, only 10 percent knew that their parents give money, and the overwhelming majority (64 percent) had no idea. Raising charitable children—children who will grow up to be caring, generous adults who make a difference in their world—is important to us. So where is the message getting lost?

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    New Study Says Parental Influence Impacts a Child’s Future Philanthropy

    April 25, 2011

    Our children will be the next generation of everyday philanthropists. They’ll be the ones who ensure that the homeless are cared for, cancer research is funded, deserving students go to college. They will step up to make their world a better place because they’ve seen their parents do it. In fact, researchers have recently confirmed that our children are listenting to us - and their future charitable decisions are being shaped by what we do and say today.

    Heart of the Donor, a study of how Americans interact with nonprofit organizations released this March, found that parental influence was a major factor in determining future charitable activities and nonprofit giving. Children whose parents modeled volunteering and philanthropy and/or talked about their reasons for charitable behavior are over 125 percent more likely to become involved philanthropically as adults. “Nonprofits can encourage today’s donors to talk to their children about giving and volunteering, model the behavior, and share the experience with them,” said Lisa McIntyre, who was an integral part of the study.  “The data clearly shows that when these things are done, it has a long-lasting effect on kids.”

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  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Are We Giving Our Children What Matters?

    April 20, 2011

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     Whether you realize it or not, most of us are philanthropic. On average, 84 percent of Americans give and more than 75 percent of philanthropic gifts are made by individuals and families. It’s a big part of our culture and we give because we feel it’s the right thing to do. Giving is a value that exemplifies kindness, compassion, sharing and empathy – traits that we look for as today’s youngsters grow into tomorrow’s leaders. And the benefits of raising charitable children are immeasurable, both to them personally and to the future of our communities. But are we teaching them? When’s the last time you had a conversation with your children about the organizations that you support financially? Are they included when you decide who you will support and why? Do your children know why giving is important to you and your family?

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