As parents and grandparents, did you know that your involvement in philanthropy carries over to your children and grandchildren? According to the Women Give 2013, New Research on Charitable Giving for Girls and Boys, conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the report offers extensive evidence of the generational reaches of charitable giving. This national study in previous years examined families across various income levels, marital status, and ages, as well as which types of organizations being designed for giving. The most recent study delved additionally into the gender differences of giving at younger ages.
The good news? Parents who talk to their children about giving to charity significantly increases the likelihood – of both boys and girls – of following their parents’ efforts.
The Key Findings:
- Girls and boys are equally likely to give to charity.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 children, ages 8 to 19, give to charity.
- Girls are more likely than boys to volunteer.
- Most children have parents who talk to them about giving to charity.
- Talking to children about charity has a greater impact on children’s giving than role modeling alone.
- Talking to children about charity is equally effective regardless of the parent’s income level.
- Talking to children about giving to charity is equally effective regardless of the child’s gender, race and age.”
Way to go parents and grandparents! Keep up the great work and keep on discussing how your charitable children can learn how to positively impact their communities, care for others, volunteer, and make a difference with a sense of philanthropic responsibilities. And parents… make sure to create a family giving model for your children to follow today and for years to come. Get the entire family involved to give their time, talent and treasure to charities at home or across the globe.
The 2013 report is the fourth in a series of research reports conducted at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy that focus on gender differences in giving to charity.