How do you teach your children the importance of charity work?

Help build a foundation of charitable giving for your children and show them that their actions, no matter how small, can make a real difference.

If doing good stuff is important to you, you probably want to share your passion with your family. Here are some easy ways to teach your children about charity:

Show them that they already do it. Smiling at someone on the street, holding doors open for people who need a hand or visiting a sick relative is still charity because it warms someone’s heart. Most children already do these things, but they will be pleased to learn that they’re helping out.

Let them choose their own causes. Suggest some causes to your child and let them choose one that matters to them. They’re more likely to want to support a cause that they know about and identify with. Be sensitive to their age and introduce causes that match their interests. Children’s hospitals where they can donate old toys or local farms where they can play with the animals and donate money often work well for children. You can also Use CAF’s Charity Search to help find a charity that is local to you and matches their chosen cause. CAF allows you to search for any charity online and make a donation straight from their site.

Make it a family affair. Lead by example and let them see you drop money into charity boxes, ask them to help you pick out canned foods during a food drive or take them along when you participate in fundraising events. It gives you an opportunity to discuss why it’s important to give and how rewarding it can be.

You can also create family traditions by giving to the same cause every year during the holidays or setting up a charity box at home which the whole family can contribute to, then decide together how to use the money.

Teach them the value of time. With limited financial means it can be hard for children to donate money. Use this as a chance to teach them that they have a much more valuable resource than cash – they have time, which can be just as powerful. Encourage them to help neighbours with small jobs and if they are older, help them to volunteer at local clubs, hospitals and take part in charitable events at school.

Celebrate. When your children give, tell them that you’re proud of them. Show them pictures and thank you notes from the places they have helped, so they can see the impact and feel appreciated for their contributions.

P.S. Why not get your childrens’ creative juices flowing and set them one of these challenges:

  • Random act of kindness: Get the whole family involved and reward the most creative person with a non-financial treat, such as their favourite dinner.
  • Pay it forward: Ask your children to do something nice for three other people each time someone does something nice for them, and teach them to share the joy of receiving
  • #givingtuesday: why not get them to plan something special for the whole family to celebrate this year’s #givingtuesday!

Louise Paul is Internal Communications Manager at Charities Aid Foundation, the organisation that brings you #givingtuesday

GivenGain announces special package for #givingtuesday partners

GivenGain, the online fundraising platform has revealed its #givingtuesday plans for 2017; an exclusive fundraising support package for partners worth £2,000!

GivenGain enables cross-border donations and online fundraising anywhere in the world, in multiple currencies. Since 2001, they’ve helped donors in 193 countries support charities in more than 60 countries.

The special offer includes:

  • Set up: GivenGain cause account activation and cause profile / campaign page set up, including 12 months free subscription on the Premium option with a total value of £850.
  • Advisory services: An introduction to GivenGain cause account features, a one hour online fundraising campaign planning session, a 30 minute social media audit, 30 minute website integration audit, and general recommendations report . Value: £650.
  • Ongoing support: Dedicated email and Skype support for #givingtuesday partners for any ongoing questions or on-demand campaign assistance, with a value of £500.
  • A dedicated online fundraising starter pack for #givingtuesday partners available here.

To find out more about the offer, or to sign up then take a look here: Givengain – GivingTuesday UK Support Package or email givingtuesday@givengain.com to find out more.

Compassion Direct UK becomes one of the first charities to announce #givingtuesday plans!

This #givingtuesday CDUK are planning on holding a Bring and Buy Sale to raise money to transport aid to refugees.

CDUK is a registered charity supporting children and families living in shanty towns, streets, barren mountains and rural schools. The charity works for the alleviation of child poverty & the support of under-privileged people as they struggle for survival, progress & social justice, and will join #givingtuesday for the first time in 2017.

The special bring and buy sale will also act as a collection point for people to make donations to the refugees. For the past couple of years CDUK have been liaising with other registered charities to help to fill containers of material aid, sending everything from tents and back packs to baby bottles and formula; warm coats to razors and underwear. The donations, which in the past have been sent to Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Europe, will also include many boxes of knitting – hats, scarves, jumpers, mittens & blankets from the volunteer Knit for Kids program.

At the Bring & Buy volunteers will be selling gifts, cakes, teas and coffees as well as hand made Christmas cards and calendars. Guests will also have a chance to win prizes in the charity raffle. As well as sending aid to refugees, any additional money raised on the day will go towards the first stage of the most recent project to supply a well and water pump to a rural school in Ghana. The project will then supply solar panels and go on to rebuild and equip the school.

To find out more information about CDUK, or their plans for #givingtuesday visit their website: www.compassiondirectuk.org.