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Below are some of YPC’s favorite resources for parents, families, and youth about teaching or being involved in charitable giving and philanthropy.

Looking for a jump-start into the youth philanthropy movement?

Check out GrantCraft and YPC’s toolkit, Where in the World of Youth Philanthropy Do I Get Started?

Click on a resource category below to start your youth philanthropy inspiration!

Resources Created in Partnership with YPC


Foundation Center‘s YouthGiving.org is a great hub for all things youth philanthropy, including resources, case studies, a youth grantmaking funding map, and a youth grantmaking program directory. Learn more here!

NCFP Case Studies & Issue Brief

The NCFP case studies are a great way to learn about a few inspirational youth organizations across the country. Click here for the case study directory. The issue brief Igniting the Spark features family philanthropy stories; click here for the issue brief!

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.

Youth Philanthropy 101: Discovering Your Passion for Change

This lesson plan was developed, reviewed, and revised after use at youth philanthropy conferences across the country to create a basic learning plan for philanthropy beginners. This hour-long session includes icebreakers, an introduction to philanthropy, and ways for students to link their current activities to philanthropic deeds. Click here to download the lesson plan. Click here to download the companion presentation.


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!

Books & Reports

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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.

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.

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.

For Educators & Adult Youth Philanthropy Supporters

Learning to Give : Youth Philanthropy

Learning to Give is a virtual database of lesson plans for K-12 instructors on various philanthropy-related topics. Check out this plan on youth philanthropy to begin learning about the movement. Learn more about Learning to Give here!

Splendid Legacy 2

NCFP’s Splendid Legacy 2 is filled with advice and resources from the field’s foremost experts in family philanthropy. This volume is great for any family looking to build a philanthropic legacy, as well as for advisors and others interested in understanding this special philanthropic vehicle. Learn more here!

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

Recorded Webinars

Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series 2017

This series was developed in partnership with the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) and features adult and youth expert advice for adult youth philanthropy supporters. Watch the series:

Enhancing Youth Engagement in Philanthropy: A Webinar Series for Adults

In partnership with Exponent Philanthropy, this four-part series featured both adult and youth voice on various philanthropy topics. Watch the series:

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:

Organizations for Youth Philanthropy Inspiration