You can introduce your child to the rewards of helping others by establishing an “I Can Make a Change" jar.
One of the best ways to inspire a budding philanthropist is to choose a charitable organization that appeals to your child's passion. Consider personal hobbies, favorite school subjects and stories in the news that spark his or her curiosity.
Are there specific causes or issues your child finds interesting? Use this information to guide your child in selecting a charity or cause toward which to make a contribution.
If you have an artist or musician in the family, consider donating to an art museum or local symphony. An animal lover may opt to support a local shelter or rescue group. An avid reader may be interested in helping fund a literacy program.
No matter what your child's interest, there is a group — local, national or international — to match his or her passion. To get started, check out GuideStar.org for a listing of local, national and international charities.