Paying it Forward: Kids and Philanthropists

Introduce the idea of charitable giving as a way to teach your child the life lessons of consideration and compassion toward others rather than self-fulfillment.



Help kids establish a habit of donating to experience satisfaction of giving back to the community, as well as to develop financial management skills.

The Common Cents article, "Paying it Forward: Kids as Philanthropists," prepares parents and teachers to guide their kids to focus on the needs of others rather than their own self-fulfillment. Talking points and a worksheet are included. (This article was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of TEN Magazine.)

Download Common Cents: Paying it Forward: Kids as Philanthropists

Suggested use
Teachers: Read and discuss the talking points in class, using the worksheet included in the article.
Parents: Use the article to discuss ways your child can give back to the community. Use the worksheet to develop a specific goal.

Target audience
Teachers, Parents, Students

Grade level

Key concepts
philanthropy, saving, budgeting

Discussion and extension activities

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About Common Cents
Common Cents is written by a Kansas City Fed staff member with more than 30 years of teaching experience. The column appears in TEN Magazine, the Kansas City Fed's quarterly publication. Subscribe to TEN Magazine.