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Opinion

#GiveGrundy is getting crafty to help teach more kids how to give

We’re getting crafty July 20!

The Foundation is part of a team of 12 nonprofits called #GiveGrundy. Our team encourages everyone in Grundy County to give to their favorite charity, even if it isn’t one of us 12.

It isn’t about us as individual organizations; it’s about the quality of life in Grundy County and engaging donors to spend their volunteer time, talents and donations on the causes that they care about.

As a result, donors will feel better about their giving plan and charities, along with their clients and purposes will benefit. We believe the old adage, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

This year, the Foundation is focusing on “Engaging the Next Generation.” We’ve been doing it for five years since we started the Young Philanthropists teams at area high schools. Now we’re making plans to include younger kids.

On Friday, July 20, the “Creator’s Village” is part of the Liberty Arts Festival. Tents and booths will be set up on the courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to give kids an opportunity to get crafty and creative. The #GiveGrundy gang will be there helping kids make and decorate “Save, Spend, Give” jars.

The concept is that whenever a child receives money, whether from the Tooth Fairy, birthdays or chores, a percentage of that money gets set aside as savings, a percentage to spend and a percentage to give away.

The percentage of how much goes into each jar is a decision between the child and parents. However, a common rule of thumb for adults is 20 percent save, 50 percent necessities, and 30 percent for discretionary items. At church we learn to tithe 10 percent. Using your own family values, you can discuss this issue with your child and make a choice of percentage that fit your family as well as your child’s goals.

Then it’s time to discuss with your child what they will be saving for, what they plan to buy with their spend money and where and when they plan to give to charity. Will it be at church on a Sunday morning? Will it be into the red kettles at Christmas? Or a coin challenge at school where the winning class gets a pizza party?

Again, it isn’t the #GiveGrundy telling you and your child where to give. It’s helping you as a family understand giving and the charities that provide great services and programs in our county – some to help those in need and some to benefit all of us.

Come visit us at the courthouse between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, July 20.

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