Today’s fantastic family finance article is:
Philanthropy is a complicated word with a simple definition: giving money and time to help make life better for other people.
If you’re struggling to successfully communicate the importance of philanthropy to your kids, try the words of somebody else instead. Here are 20 quotes to jump start the conversation:
- “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
- “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
- “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
- “Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.”
- “A man there was, and they called him mad; the more he gave, the more he had.”
- “The miracle is this — the more we share, the more we have.”
- “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
- “It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”
- “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
- “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
- “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
- “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
~John F. Kennedy
- “Money is only unused power. The real purpose of wealth, after food, clothing and shelter, is philanthropy.”
- “A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”
- “For it is in giving that we receive.”
~St. Francis of Assisi
- “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
- “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Try this: write each quote on a note card, and pull a new one out each night to discuss during dinner.
Before you know it, philanthropy will become a regular part of your kid’s vocabulary, and that Giving Jar will take on a whole new meaning.
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