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Many parents wish to pass their passions and interests down to their children. Whether it be a love of baseball, a singing talent, or enjoyment of true crime podcasts, there is an unspoken desire for one’s children to manifest the same pastimes that the parents themselves once enjoyed or possibly didn’t pursue as far as they wanted to. While there is a fine line between sharing your passions with your children and forcing them to recreate your glory days, there is also value in raising them to have sound principles, like philanthropy, and give back to their communities.

Continue reading to learn how to create future philanthropists out of your children.

Get the Family Involved in Philanthropy

To put it lightly, your children likely will not develop the heart for philanthropy that you are hoping them to have if they do not see you putting your money where your mouth is. In order to raise future philanthropists, you must be exhibiting those same values in the household, creating a charitable legacy that your children will want to carry on. While your children are still young and living at your house, be intentional about taking them with you to volunteer for organizations throughout the year, including them in the decision of where to donate your money and listening to their aspirations. Instilling these morals in them at this young age will show them the value of participating in philanthropy and encourage them to pursue this in their adulthood.

Find an Organization Tailored to Their Interests

While philanthropy is about helping others, there is no shame in contributing to a cause that interests you personally. In fact, you can often have a larger impact if you partner with movements you are passionate about or areas you have a talent in. You can teach this to your children early on by showing them ways they can use their abilities to help others. For instance, many young children have a passion for animals. This poses an opportunity to volunteer at or donate to an animal shelter. There are various organizations out there that fit specific niches. One individual even built LEGO sets for charity! The more intentional you are with your searches, the more you’ll encourage your children to embrace the unique sides of philanthropy that exist.

Young kids may not always understand the impact they are making, but the more you showcase and exemplify how these values are lived out, the more importance they will find in philanthropy as a whole. While these practices do not guarantee that your children will embrace generosity in their adulthood, they go a long way towards exhibiting community involvement and making the world a better place.