Let the Children...Give! Part 1
Law says, “Of course there are many important life values but these values are essential to philanthropy and transcend across different cultures, races and faiths.”
Through international folk tales and real-life stories, PhilathroKids teaches the ten values. Here’s the cool thing: they’ve come up with 100 practical things a child can do to practice each philanthropic value within their family, school, or community. That’s 1,000 things a kid can do to practice philanthropy and develop a more generous spirit. And, for some of you this will sound very familiar, they encourage “3T Giving” – “Time, Talent, and Treasure.”
What if your Sunday School program or children’s sermons focused on these ten philanthropic principles – one per week? How about helping kids define the value through Biblical stories and stories of saints, past and present? What if you helped your kids come up with three practical things they could do the following week to live out that particular value? Who wants to bet that children would love this?
Some of you, I’m sure, are already engaging your kids through these kinds of exercises. Let me know how your faith community or organization is helping kids to open their hearts to generosity. I’ll report back here in two weeks.
Next week, I’ll write about how one family encouraged generosity in their children. Until then, I’ve got some cookies that need a little quality assurance check. Mmmmm, cookies. Mmmmm…two cookies with ice cream in between. Stay cool. Stay generous.
Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. Let’s see. Should she put Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch in between snickerdoodles or chocolate chip cookies? She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at email@example.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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