We are often asked about resources for parents, famlies, kids, and teens about teaching or being involved in charitable giving and philanthropy.  This page contains some of our favorites.  If you have other resources you would like to recommend, please let us know at ypc (at) fcfox.org.

In addition to the resources listed below, please see the National Center’s special Pinterest page on Fun and Philanthropy: Books for Kids and Parents.

Featured Resources


YPC partnered with 21/64 to create this interactive tool that uses play therapy concepts to help users gain awareness of how they act in different roles—both personally and as a funder—to make mindful choices about the roles they want to play. Giving people something they can touch and move can spark understanding and make heady, conceptual ideas more accessible. Learn more here!

Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy

This first-ever report by the Foundation Center reviews the landscape of youth philanthropy programs across the country and world. The report finds that providing wider access to youth philanthropy programs, centralizing resources, and increasing in-person gatherings will help strengthen this growing field! Learn more about work building off this research to create an online hub at youthgiving.org!

Teen Philanthropy Café

Created in partnership with Exponent Philanthropy, this series of readers introduces teens to strategic, thoughtful philanthropy, and inspires them toward giving with impact. Families and adults who work with youth can use these guides to facilitate peer discussions and fun activities around giving.

For Parents and Families

The Daring Duo: A Story of Two True Super Heroes

Katy Rees of the Moniker Foundation saw a need to inspire their youngest family members (ages 6-10) to get involved and started with their giving. She authored this book about giving back using a piggy bank. Check out the story book here, which doubles as a coloring book, and learn more about how this is used in their family engagement here.

The Hip Family’s Guide to Happier Holidays

Lisa Parker of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation realized, “We needed to be more purposeful –more intentional — about our time and money, and spending them in ways that would enrich us, remind us of our bounty, and bring more joy to our family and communities.” Use this guide to learn more about navigating this journey with your family.

Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age

Susan Crites Price, an award-winning writer and youth philanthropy expert, and her Millennial daughter, Julie, share their personal perspectives on nurturing the next generation.  This book is full of practical advice, inspiring stories and resources to help adults encourage young children to share their time, talent, treasure … and ties. The fourth T reflects the new ways youth are using online tools and social media to generate support for the charitable causes they care about.

Three Cups

Filled with warm, memorable illustrations, Three Cups is the story of one family’s unique and effective method of teaching personal financial management—and how one boy reaped first the small, then the immeasurably great rewards of the lessons he learned.

Giving with Confidence: A Guide to Savvy Philanthropy

Whether you are an individual who donates to your favorite charity or the head of a large foundation, the gentle practicalities of this book will enable you to manage your philanthropy with effectiveness and personal satisfaction. With seven core principles, you will have what you need for “improving the reach, scope, and impact” of your contributions.

Raising Charitable Children

In this book, Weisman shares real-life stories collected from all over the world of how parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, scout leaders, friends, next door neighbors, and her own family have either initiated or supported ways to teach children how to give back to those in need.

Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy

Inspired Philanthropy explains how to make a difference by creating giving and legacy plans, sharing questions to ask nonprofits, and provides constructive tips on how to help partner with advisors and nonprofit leaders for inspired outcomes.

How To Be an Everyday Philanthropist

A handbook, a resource guide, a call to action, and an inspiration, it offers 330 concrete, direct ideas for making a difference–all of which have nothing to do with the size of your checkbook and everything to do with using the hidden assets that are already a part of your life.

Raising Financially Fit Kids

In this updated edition of Raising Financially Fit Kids, Joline Godfrey shares knowledge gleaned from two decades of preparing children and families for financial independence and stewardship, philanthropic effectiveness, and meaningful economic lives. Focusing on financial skills, this book will give parents tools to instill in their kids sound economic practices.

Cause for Change

At the heart of this research-based guide is the Millennial Development Platform, an action-based rubric written by millennials about millennials included in each chapter to help organizations create the infrastructure for a long-term millennial engagement strategy.

Start Something That Matters

Ready to make change in the world? Founder of TOMS shoe company Blake Mycoskie, whose “One for One” business model is to give away one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair that is sold, presents six simple keys for transforming your life and business to match the innovation of companies such as charity: water and TerraCycle.

It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

Using real-life examples about young change-makers all over the globe, Chelsea Clinton’s comprehensive guide doesn’t just inform readers about the world, but also inspires them to get going and make a different.

Games and Toolkits

The Intergenerational Toolkit: Bridging the Generations, A Guide for Family Foundations

This publication, developed by the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), offers tips, examples, and stories to families on how they can build bridges between generations. The toolkit also includes a section of carefully designed exercises to identify shared values, improve communications between family members, and create more inclusive family foundation meetings.

Family Quest Giving Deck

Family conversations around giving and philanthropy can be tough to initiate. That’s why 21/64 and Relative Solutions teamed up to create the Family Quest Giving Deck. Choose from among 40 topic cards or make up your own using one of the “wild cards.” Pick one or more topics to discuss with family members on any given occasion.

Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving 

This imaginative and creative Giving Box helps families, students and youth groups to incorporate generosity in their lives throughout the year. Through characters, stories, and activities, philanthropy comes to life in a way that is fun and understandable. The Giving Box includes activities, graphic novels, and so much more! With these tangible tools, the whole family can get accustomed to philanthropy-based discussions in large group settings.

The Giving Box

The notion that charity begins at home has never been easier to teach children than with this enchanting gift set based on the Jewish tradition of tzadakah, in which children save coins in banks for the less fortunate. Added inspiration for contributing to worthy causes comes from Emmy Award-winning television personality Mister Rogers, whose peaceful “neighborhood” has been a comforting presence in millions of homes for more than 25 years. In the book that accompanies The Giving Box, Mister Rogers teaches lessons of generosity and charity through heartwarming fictional stories set in countries around the world.

The Piggy Bank for the 21st Century

The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small. They are SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST.

GirlsGive: A Toolkit For Girls Grantmaking

Designed by the Women’s Funding Network, this Toolkit provides three examples of Girls Grantmaking programs for high school-aged girls. If you are interested in developing a program or strengthening an existing program, this resource will give you the information and guidelines you need.

Books for Kids and Teenagers About Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving

This book, designed for young readers aged 6 to 11, helps participants record their ideas, dreams, and wishes for the world –making them the authors of their stories and creating a “scrapbook” of their journey into compassion, philanthropy, and the power of their actions.

The Quiltmaker’s Gift

The heartwarming, strongly moral tale supports the value of generosity, and the detailed illustrations, featuring dozens of lovingly rendered quilt patterns, offer hours of delight for young children.

A Kid’s Guide to Giving

A Kid’s Guide to Giving originated when author Freddi Zeiler decided to donate the money from her piggy bank. The charitable organizations are divided into 3 categories: People, Animals, and Environment.

Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use it for Social Change

Afraid of being branded the enemy, yet deeply committed to social justice, the wealthy are left in a confusing no-man’s land. That personal conflict can lead most young people with wealth to keep their privilege hidden, deterring them from using their resources, access, and connections to the struggle for social change. Classified is a resource guide for people with class privilege who are ready to figure out how their privilege really works. Complete with comics, exercises, and personal stories, this book gives readers the tools they need to put their privilege to work for social change.

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects

This guide has something for everyone who wants to make a difference, from simple projects to large-scale commitments. Kids can choose from a variety of popular topics including animals, safety, health, and the environment. A special section gives step-by-step instructions for creating flyers, petitions, press releases, and more.

The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

It all started when 14-year old Hannah Salwen’s family decided to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of their profits to a worthy charity. This decision would transport the family across the globe and well out of its comfort zone. Salwens’ journey would bring them closer as a family, and along the way they would inspire so many others wrestling with the same questions: Do I give enough? How much is enough? How can I make an impact in the world?


For Youth by Youth: A Webinar Series for Building Skills as a Youth Philanthropist

With the National Center for Family Philanthropy, we held a series of 4 webinars for youth and adults  features youth sharing their experiences on key philanthropy topics. Watch the series:

Research and Trends: Next Gen and Intergenerational Philanthropy

NCFP’s 2015 Trend Study

The National Center for Family Philanthropy commissioned the design and execution of this nationally representative survey of family foundations. The study illustrates trends of family foundations across America, documenting size, age, assets and giving levels, and engagement of each generation involved.

Millennial Impact Report

The Millennial Impact Report is conducted annually with information gathered from surveys distributed to millennials through varied research partners.


Conducted in 2012, this report is based on first-of-its kind data, listening to members of the next generations of major donors, ages 21 to 40, in their own voices.

Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations

Published in 2004, Generations of Giving tackles the nature and dynamics of family foundations, exploring how families effectively structured their giving programs, and pulled off the often monumental task of succeeding for at least two generations.

Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy

The U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, a report by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, examines the giving patterns and priorities of America’s wealthiest households. This research has been occurring since 2008 and offers a deeper understanding of giving trends, strategies and traditions among wealthy donors.

Women Give 2013 Research on Charitable Giving by Girls and Boys

Women Give is a research study conducted annually by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The 2013 edition is of interest because of its empirically based evidence to guide parents on their journeys to raise charitable children. There is additional research overall about trend differences between boys and girls.

Youth Community Philanthropy: Council on Foundations’ Global Summit Report 2014

Youth leaders from 14 nations gathered for the first ever Global Youth Community Philanthropy Summit in the spring of 2014. This report by the Council on Foundations shares top learnings, trends, and stories of inspiration.

For additional resources and legal guidance, please visit the Next Gen Boards portal on the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s website here.

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