New study: Parents need to teach children about charity

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Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:37am

This study says it's one of the first to look at what parents can do to encourage an attitude of giving in their children and it shows, leading by example matters. Children whose parents talk to them about charity are 20-percent more likely to give to charity themselves.

Researchers at the Indiana University Women's Philanthropy Institute worked with the United Nations Foundation to track children for years. They found 90-percent of children between the ages of eight and 19 give to charity at least once during that time and that boys and girls are equally likely to do so.

However, it found that girls were more likely than boys to volunteer, pointing out that's a number that continues into adulthood.

The study found that it may be as important to talk the talk as to walk the walk. That parents giving to charity themselves didn't significantly impact what children did, but parents who talked to their children about charity were more likely to see their children actually decide to give.

The study found that talking to children about charity is equally effective no matter how much money the parents made.

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