Ways to Use

A Gift that Runs in the Family

For many people, giving back is a part of the values and beliefs they want to share with their family. Your Giving Fund is a simple and creative way to pass on your passion to a new generation of givers. You can inspire your family to get involved by letting them experience the act of compassion first hand.

Get the Kids Involved

Talk to your kids about your Giving Fund and encourage them to search for causes and charities on their own. When they find something they feel strongly about, help them make a grant recommendation. It’s a great way to start a meaningful dialogue with your kids about compassion, ethics and giving. You’ll inspire them to learn more about the world, while empowering them to make a difference.

Start a Family Giving Fund

Your Giving Fund is something the whole family can get behind. Even your adult kids can be a part of it. Work together to grow the fund, search for charities that are meaningful to the whole clan and recommend grants together. You can do it independently online or meet up for dinner and discussion. It’s a great way to bond and build traditions (if only Thanksgiving were so easy).

Pass On Your Beliefs

Some people hope to continue their giving beyond their lifetime. You can easily pass on your Giving Fund advisory rights to your children and grandchildren to sustain your passion for charity and build a family tradition of giving back.

We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.

— James Baldwin


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