Giving Compass' Take:
- Students can become involved in philanthropy through school-wide volunteering programs, formal state-wide initiatives, and family foundations.
- How are young people in your community getting involved in philanthropy? What can you do to boost volunteering?
- Learn more about raising young people to empower philanthropy.
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For many years, researchers believed that students learned to be generous at home, but new research suggests that the students participating in meaningful charity work at school may be more apt to volunteer, give, and get involved with philanthropy in other ways after they graduate.
In fact, 50 percent of college students polled had no idea about their parents’ volunteer efforts. Several successful programs are leading the way in efforts to teach children to connect with important volunteer positions in their communities and beyond.
While each program is unique, nonprofit directors and educators believe that these programs are making a difference because students can see how they’re changing someone’s life. Once they make a human-to-human connection, then it is no longer about themselves, but what they can do to help. This attitude often carries over after they graduate from school.
Read the full article about youth philanthropy by Haralambos Geroulanos at Medium.