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Ask their opinions
When becoming more engaged in philanthropy, ask your family’s opinion before choosing where you’ll give your time or what methods to use. They’ll want to share their input on what causes to support and how they’d like to give their time.
Find a monthly time to volunteer
Ideally, you’d be able to give hours each week to an organization, but that’s unrealistic with a modern family’s schedule. Instead, aim to give a few hours once a month, by choosing a Saturday or Sunday or available weeknight to give time to the organization you choose. If you can volunteer more, that’s great, but aim for at least once a month. Volunteering once a month counts as valuable family time and anything you can give is helpful to a philanthropy.
Donate old items
As a family, it’s likely that you have a large amount of items laying around your home that you no longer use or do not actually need. Instead of throwing away these items or having a garage sale, donate what you can! Think about whether or not you’re storing anything that you rarely use and that someone else could use more.
Help out in your community
Find local events your family can volunteer at or simply help out your neighbors. If you have an elderly person in your neighborhood, bring them food and rake their leaves to help them out a little. Teaching your family the importance of kindness outside of an official nonprofit is a lesson that lasts a lifetime and makes them better people.