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New Study Highlights Young People As a Philanthropic Force
Date:9/12/2013

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 12, 2013

A first-of-its-kind study supported by the United Nations Foundation and conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, reports that nearly 9 out of 10 American youth between the ages eight and 19 give money to organizations dedicated to charitable causes. The research further reveals the important role parents play in encouraging their children to be active in philanthropic efforts large and small.

The report is available now for download here.

“This research confirms what we see taking shape around the country every day as young people mobilize and advocate for global change,” said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “Today’s millennial generation is dedicated to donating time and money as a powerful force for good on global issues. This study also underscores the important role parents can play by talking to their kids about charitable giving and helping the less fortunate.”

The researchers followed more than 900 eight to 19 year olds across two time periods asking participants if they gave money to a charitable organization or were involved in any volunteer service activities or service clubs.

“Understanding how children learn about charity has important implications for the future of giving in America. Studies like this benefit parents, teachers, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers as they seek to engage the next generation in philanthropy,” said Una Osili, Ph.D., director of Research at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Other major findings from the report include:

        -This study confirms what the UN Foundation knows from experience: Young people are hungry to get involved in the world around them and are
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