Are You Willing to Trust the Next Generation?


“How about oatmeal for breakfast?” That was the question I asked my dad during a recent visit to his home. He was preoccupied and assumed I would make it like, well, just like it’s supposed to be made. “Sure,” he responded while passing through the kitchen. I busied myself with the simple task of cooking oatmeal. I don’t follow the instructions on the box. After many years ...[Read More]

Hot Dogs, Money and Kids


If you could invent one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be? That’s the question we put to eleven-year-old Jack during the game Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving. Joined by his thirteen-year-old brother and another friend of the same age, we took turns answering scripted questions. Questions like, “What is the nicest thing you have ever done for someone” or “What is t ...[Read More]

Climb The Giving Ladder Creating Your Own Giving Traditions

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Peeping through a keyhole on Christmas morning, I could see the packages and toys Santa had brought for our band of four cousins. All under the age of 10, we took turns looking through the keyhole while my grandmother took her sweet time cooking breakfast. She was sweet, and I’m sure breakfast was as well, but I was a 6-year-old with a can’t-you-hurry-this-along attitude. The Christmas tree, with ...[Read More]

Understanding the Giving Impact of the Next Generation

A revolution is afoot. The next generation is changing how we give. Out-sized impact is predicted. The next generation of Gen Xers and rising Millennials are not only going to change how philanthropy is done; they will impact every nonprofit. Our children and grandchildren are revolting against us. They will give differently than we do. Many of us make donations to organizations and causes in hope ...[Read More]

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