October 29, 2015
Susan Grossman, Development Officer
An interesting recent entry on the Motherlode blog in the New York Times reinforces the importance of storytelling in the world of philanthropy. It begins with teaching children early about the value of giving.
‘To Teach Children to Give, Tell Them How Much Your Family Has Been Given’, written by Ron Leiber, is a wonderful piece about not only teaching children how to manage money but also introduces the notion of separating funds for spending and saving, as well as giving.
The key to philanthropy is connection. Creating a connection between a person and an organization is essential. Often, a family has deep association with stories of help provided during difficult times. A job loss might mean trips to the local food pantry until employment is regained. A grateful family might then return support to that food pantry or a similar effort when funds are available. It is vitally important to share these stories with children to help connect them to their community and its organizations.
Last year, during the holiday season, we received a note from a grandmother who had given her grandchildren each $10 as a gift. But there was a stipulation. They were to choose an organization to give the money to, not just any organization, a charitable organization. The Pioneer Library System Foundation was the recipient of one of those $10 bills with a brief letter explaining the process the girl used to decide the organization to which she would give her gift. We were thrilled and extremely touched by the thoughtfulness of this family. This particular little girl loved her local library. It’s not about the amount. It’s about cultivating a spirit of philanthropy. It’s the thought that counts.
There are several opportunities approaching to exercise your philanthropic muscle and make a difference in your community.
PLSFDN.ORG: Community Connections & Fostering A Philanthropic Family