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「施」前想後 --- 明智行善的啟發 (第十二期) - 栽培下一代善長人翁

公益慈善 – 專題探討      2014/04/03
 
Giving Matters
Inform and Inspire (Issue 12)
Nurturing Next Generation Philanthropists
Edwin Lee, Philanthropy Advisor, WiseGiving
 
  Highlights:
The Yeh family has set up the Next Generation Committee to help its young members to explore philanthropy
The children are taught how to write a grant proposal and carry out due diligence
The family wants to teach the next generation to be engaged and excited about their potential contributions
 

hen members of the Yeh family established a charitable foundation in 2012, they had plans to help their children to find their feet in giving.


"We hope they won’t be restrained by the adults. We want this to be a fun thing for them," says Yvette Yeh Fung, chairperson of The Yeh Family Philanthropy. That same year the family set up the Next Generation Committee to provide guidance and support for its younger members, including teenagers Camille and Nadya.


To start off with, the two girls met Adam Nelson, executive director of the foundation, who was tasked to help them to identify their respective areas of giving. Camille indicated a strong interest in disability issues, while Nadya wanted to support environmental causes and matters related to animals. They were given a small but meaningful amount to donate to a charity.

Make it fun

Below are some tips from the Yeh family on making giving interesting:

 

Arrange visits to charities: This allows children to meet with the charity workers and learn about the needs of the organization, which helps to foster in them a sense of participation and ownership

 

Engaging children isn’t just about teaching them how to donate: Camille and Nadya were the drivers of the design of the logo for the family foundation, a process that drew them closer to the foundation

 

Enroll them in useful events and conferences: Meeting other budding philanthropists and being exposed to different approaches to giving keeps children interested in the subject matter

 

Mr. Nelson then organized visits to a few local charities in their areas of interest during which the girls learned how to ask questions about the work the groups do and find out about their needs and priorities. Once an organization was identified as a potential beneficiary, internships were arranged for them to deepen their experience with it. Just like all other grant requests, the teenagers had to submit their proposal to the foundation’s grants committee to explain the rationale for their donation and demonstrate more than just a cursory level of understanding and analysis of the grantee organization.


"It's boring for a 17-year-old to just review annual reports and budgets. But they need to explain why certain matters resonate with them most. 'I like it' or 'It helps people or animals' is not a good enough explanation," says Mrs. Yeh Fung. The teenagers had to understand how the money would be spent and in what ways it would help the organization to meet its needs. The hope was that asking more probing questions and requiring analysis would help the next generation to learn how to manage risk and make more than just emotionally driven decisions, Mrs. Yeh Fung adds.


For some families, nurturing children in giving is part of the work to prepare them to sit on the foundation’s board. In the Yeh family, the next generation will be brought on if they are interested and deemed capable of taking on the responsibility. However, a healthy ratio of external and family members will be maintained to ensure that the foundation’s grants are always consensus driven and mission focused.

Mrs. Yeh Fung says Camille has professed an interest in philanthropy. Indeed her participation in the Yeh family’s Next Generation Committee has prompted her to sign up for Project Outreach, a leadership service oriented project at New York University which helps students to explore social change models and service opportunities. She also has started contemplating ways she can work with people with disabilities.


This coming year Mrs. Yeh Fung will help her younger daughter, who will be 12 years old, to identify her areas of giving. She will have a smaller amount at her disposal. While her school raises money for charitable causes, such as helping sick children and supporting victims of natural disasters, it is more traditional in its giving approach.


"Our philosophy is to be actively engaged with our grantees so we can develop a more strategic partnership with them. We want to teach the next generation to be engaged and excited about their roles and potential contributions," says Mrs. Yeh Fung.


Contact

Edwin Lee

Philanthropy Advisor
2876 2468
edwin.lee@hkcss.org.hk

A GOOD BUSINESS TO HELP ELDERLY IN NEED

 

Age 3-5: Children at this age may respond well to the idea of gathering their unused toys or buying new toys at holiday time for disadvantaged children. Reading materials may include: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

 

Age 6-Puberty: This is a good time to introduce allowances and teach your children about saving, earning and giving. They can be encouraged to raise funds through community or school activities

 

Adolescence: Help children to develop financial responsibility by asking them to develop budgets for their personal expenses. Encourage them to volunteer to explore social responsibility


Source: Raising Children with Philanthropic Values, The Philanthropic Initiative

We shall be taking a short break in the next few months. If there are topics about giving you would like Giving Matters to explore in future issues, please e-mail us at edwin.lee@hkcss.org.hk.

For more articles from the Giving Matters series, go to:
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