I'm working on what has become my annual holiday post at BlogHer on the topic: Helping kids understand why it is better to give than to receive.
I have many examples from my own children and those of Sharing Foundation stakeholders - many who are adoptive parents and have encouraged their children to give back to Cambodia. Take for example the lemon stand fundraiser. And, my own children have participated in many Cambodian fundraising projects and more recently Harry has taken to environmental activism and fundraising.
Last week I wrote the Columbus Foundation's recently launhced Match Day 2.0, a giving stimulus plan created to matching gifts to PowerPhilanthropy organizations and raise $1 million in 48 hours to support local needs in their community. They beat their own record, according to Lucy Bernholz, on November 18 they used up their entire match fund in 34 minutes, processed 650 gifts in the first 17 minutes alone and 1,000 gifts in 40 minutes.
One of their donors was a class of kindergarteners!
So, I'm looking for examples and answers to these questions for my November 26th deadline for the story - help me write it by leaving a comment:
- What are some awesome examples of teaching young children about the importance of giving and philanthropy?
- Any that use Web 2.0?
- As a parent or teacher, how do you teach this important life lesson?
- What are the best articles, posts, blogs, or web resources on this topic?