When it comes to charitable endeavors it’s never to early to set a great example for our kids and the earlier we start the better. I came across a recent article in the Denver Post by Bruce DeBoskey where he gives several reasons and some local Denver projects to get your kids started.
Involving your children — young or grown — in your philanthropy is one of the best ways to pass on your values about community, giving back and helping others. Kids learn not only by example but also by actively participating in their family’s giving plan
Read more in the Denver Post
At CharityChoice we believe it’s very important to give kids the opportunity to get involved in charitable giving at an early age. We’ve learned that many charity gift card users and recipients have involved their children in making their charity selections and in doing so they found that it to be a great learning experience. Recipients love the idea: “What a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for your generosity. I am going to have my children help me choose an organization to donate to—they will love it.”
Here are 5 great ways to get kids involved utilizing CharityChoice tools:
- Celebrate with good deeds – Give out Charity Gift Cards as Birthday, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah favors – you can create custom ecards with your image of choice and print them out
- Give a Charity Gift Card to a child for a birthday or special occasion and then spend time selecting 3 charities to benefit together. Bonus – kids get your full attention and a meaningful project = Fun
- Set up a Charity Gift Registry for your child’s birthday in our Birthday Party Center You can use our online wizard to create your own personalized web page and list your favorite charities
- Partner with a favorite local charity and encourage others to give charity gifts for special occasions
- Get creative -We’ve got many different types of programs and tools to encourage charitable giving – check out our web site and tell us how you and your kids might use Charity Gifts to actively learn about charitable giving.
As we close out another year and head into 2011 I’d like to encourage you to extend that giving feeling way past the December Holiday season. Charities depend on the holidays for an extra jump in donations, but generosity and compassion should and can easily be a way of life. We each choose our individual ways to give back to our local communities and beyond, but we hope you may consider changing a small habit that can make a big impact. Gift giving!
By giving or including a CharityChoice gift card or ecard in every gift you give you not only give a meaningful gift but you also give someone the gift of pure happiness. According to several studies giving back is an important aspect of an individuals happiness quotient. Studies indicate that giving to charity “activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. Imagine multiplying that affect. When you give a CharityChoice gift card or ecard you get that happiness feeling and the recipient of the card does as well.
A recent holiday article posted on Greater Good demonstrated “5 Ways Giving Is Good for You”. The highlights are below, but for details on these interesting and inspiring factors check out the Greater Good article.
- Giving makes us feel happy
- Giving is good for our health
- Giving promotes cooperation and social connection
- Giving evokes gratitude
- Giving is contagious
A great resolution for 2011 that creates happiness all around. You can start spreading happiness with charity gift cards if you have any questions as to how just ask us. Wishing you and yours a very Happy and happiness filled New Year!