I like to think that my kids are globally-minded but the fact is that they have their fair share of ‘me, me, me’ moments. In an effort to encourage the concept of giving back to society, I did a little research and came across an organisation tailor-made for getting kids involved in philanthropic activities.
Kids in Philanthropy (KIP) is a non-profit fund, focused on building social awareness, social conscience and the practice of giving in the kids of Australia. That may sound lofty however KIP has lots of activities and projects on the agenda to get kids, their parents and their schools involved in ‘giving’.
From second-hand toy and bake sales to ‘change-making’ workshops, KIP assists kids to identify a charity or a cause that they are interested in working with and helps them develop strategies to ‘harness their giving-power’.
The focus is on raising awareness of areas of need in their own city and so far KIP participants have achieved some terrific results. These include an eight-year-old Sydney boy’s organisation of a walk-a-thon to raise money for an educational program for the disabled, a group of kids holding a market stall to raise money for a literacy project and another group of kids who have set up an online business, Share and Inspire, which raises money for a variety of charities.
Of course, the benefit isn’t simply one way. As anyone who has been involved in philanthropic or volunteer activities knows, there is a great sense of personal happiness and fulfillment achieved by being involved. Foster these feelings in kids and they will grow up as more understanding, empowered and empathetic adults.
KIP workshops and activities are aimed at children aged five to eighteen years. Most KIP workshops are run in Sydney however other Australian cities are being included in the program. Check the KIP calendar for the latest events.
What things do you do with your children to encourage giving back?