6 ideas for youth and teens to give back

Children and teenagers can be empathetic, kind-hearted and justice-seeking. They want to make a difference in their community but may not know where to start. Here are a few ideas for them to get started on their philanthropic path.

  1. Join service clubs.
    Join a local club that promotes and organizes service activities for youth.
  2. Plan projects
    Organize a project with family or friends that will improve some aspect of life for others. Visit for ideas.
  3. Participate in athletic races.
    Train and participate in a walk/run in support of your favorite nonprofit. Find local fundraisers at by searching the Charity & Causes category, then filtering by Race.
  4. Volunteer
    Research nonprofits in your area and contact them about volunteer programs. Search for local opportunities at
  5. Host a give-back party.
    When you throw your next birthday party, ask guests to bring gifts for an organization with specific needs.
  6. Give mini-grants.
    Look for funding opportunities and projects that funnel small gifts for big impact and give what you can. Visit for opportunities near you. You can make a difference with a gift of any size.

By encouraging your children and grandchildren to think broadly when it comes to philanthropy, you will be planting the seeds for a lifetime of giving.

Source: FFTC’s Center for Personal Philanthropy’s Strategic Giving Guidebook

Rebekah Allison serves as VP, Center for Personal Philanthropy, at FFTC. Dedicated to serving client needs, she assists individuals and families with current giving strategies, grantmaking and legacy and succession planning.