Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Fundraisers

“…to ensure there will be interest in the nonprofit sector and fundraising in the future, young people must be exposed to philanthropy in a meaningful way at a young age,” Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

You’re passionate about NAMI’s mission and the wonderful programs NAMI provides throughout your community, that’s why you work so hard to raise awareness and funds for the organization through NAMIWalks. To ensure support continues to grow in the future for NAMI and other nonprofit organizations, begin instilling your philanthropic values in your young children now. The children of today are the leaders and philanthropists of tomorrow, so educating them about the importance of fundraising and supporting NAMI is imperative.

Engaging children with FUN activities, such as participating in a NAMIWalk is a great way to introduce them to the world of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. NAMIWalks is a family-friendly event with entertainment and activities for young children to enjoy. While walking in the event, you have the opportunity to discuss mental illness and NAMI’s mission with your children, as well as how the money they raised will help to improve the lives of many individuals.

Prior to Walk Day, engage your children with the FUN activities they already enjoy, but make them into small fundraisers for NAMIWalks. Here are some options:

  • Give them a special piggy bank that’s only used to raise money for NAMIWalks. They can ask their grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends to contribute by putting their spare change in the bank.

  • Bake a goody with them and have them sell the cupcakes, brownies, etc. at their school or in your neighborhood and have the proceeds benefit NAMI.

  • Have them draw pictures or create some other artwork and sell them to family and friends with the funds going to NAMIWalks.

  • Have them put on a performance with the admission going toward their NAMIWalk efforts. By a performance, I mean in the backyard or in your home for family and friends.

These are just a few examples of what your children, with your assistance, can do to help raise money for NAMIWalks and begin learning about philanthropy. By doing these activities with your children, you’re preparing them to become the future ambassadors for NAMI and other nonprofits. They will most likely want to continue giving back and helping others, because they will begin to understand the value of their work at an early age. What better gift can you give your children?  

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