This summer we’re running some of the ‘best of’ our Philanthropy Blogs from the past year. Enjoy this week’s blog from Alicia Philipp, originally published on May 5, 2014.
As parents, we have a natural instinct to want to share with our children – our wisdom, our contacts and our resources – to name a few things! Sometimes, sharing what we do philanthropically doesn’t come as easily. What often holds parents back is philanthropy gets tied up in people’s minds with money and what parents feel will be the inevitable question of “if we are so philanthropic, how much money do we really have?”
While I do believe the money discussion should not be so scary and infrequent, philanthropy is not inevitably tied to money. Philanthropy can be a wonderful parent/child bond. Focus on what you value – why do you want to spend the time you do helping the museum or the mission or fill-in-the-blank? What did your parents, your children’s grandparents, do for the community? What are your shared memories with them? Are you creating shared memories with your children? Do you listen to what interests your child (pets are almost always a passion at certain ages!)? Do you find time to share volunteer experiences around those interests? At The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we define philanthropy as the giving of your time, talent and treasure. Teach your child about philanthropy and decide together how you are going to give as a family of your time, talent and treasure based on your family’s passions. Philanthropy is a journey and like all journeys, it starts with a conversation and a first step. Don’t wait!