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When you share your resources with causes you are passionate about, you are more connected to your community and the world. Donors to charitable organizations are not all wealthy. Eight-six percent of adults in the U.S. identify themselves as donors.

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  1. 1. Sharing as Part of a Financial Plan Share, Save, Spend
  2. 2. Did you know? Did you know that people who focus less on spending and more on saving and sharing report being both happier and healthier? A professor studying the effects of materialism has found data to back up the old phrase “money can’t buy happiness.”
  3. 3. Did you know? Young people age 21 and under in America spend and influence the spending of more that $1 trillion a year. Imagine the result if 10 percent of that money were shared with charitable organizations at home and around the world.
  4. 4. Why Share? • Many young people might wonder why they should include sharing or giving in their financial planning. After all, students do not have a lot of money to begin with. • Who would expect someone with a limited income to do that? • What difference could the small amount that one could give away do for anyone, anyway?
  5. 5. There are many reasons why… …it is important to consider sharing… When you share your resources with causes you are passionate about, you are more connected to your community and the world. • Sharing earns you a sense of pride and well- being. • Sharing allows you to discover what you believe in and to figure out a way to contribute to those causes.
  6. 6. Philanthropy …the act of giving away money, goods, services or time to support a cause. • Many people associate philanthropy with serving the poor or needy—but sharing what you have can also benefit other causes. • You can help the environment, abandoned pets, organizations for the elderly, health- related causes, political or cultural activities, and educational programs.
  7. 7. Altruism • Another term that can be used to describe a form of sharing. • It is the self-less concern for the welfare of others. • Donors to charitable organizations are not all wealthy. • Eighty-six percent of all adults in the U.S. identify themselves as donors.
  8. 8. Millionaires? • Seventy-three percent of people whose annual household incomes were less than $30,000 regularly gave money to charitable causes. • Almost half of all households earning less than $25,000 per year gave at least $100.
  9. 9. Start Sharing NOW! • Surveys show that most of the people who give to charity started giving early. • If you make sharing a part of your life—and a part of your financial plan—you will not have to wonder where to find the money or how to do it later. • A large number of teens share their money, their time, and their talents with others.
  10. 10. Get Involved • Sharing with an organization you feel a bond with makes the gift more meaningful to you. • You will feel like you are making a difference in something you believe in. • Dog lover? Think about what you can give to your local animal shelter—financial gifts are always welcome, but you can also donate your time.
  11. 11. Reap the Benefits • Investing yourself in an organization you believe in can have benefits for you in other ways as well. • Volunteering can provide you with valuable job experience and material for your college entrance applications. • You will meet friends who share your interests and worldview. • The people you work with may become future character references.
  12. 12. Reap the Benefits • Sharing your time and talents will also help you make the world a better place. • You will feel better about yourself. • If you choose to volunteer, you are in good company. • More that 65% of high school students today are volunteering in their communities—a greater percentage than ever before.
  13. 13. Teens CAN Make a Difference You might think that a young person without much money cannot really do a lot to help others financially. But that assumption is not always true. The following slides will introduce you to some organizations created just for teens like you.
  14. 14. Find an Organization • There are numerous charities and causes that stand to benefit from the talent and financial resources you can share. • Kiva ( is an organization that helps you to “sponsor a business” by making a small loan—as little as $25—to one or more entrepreneurs in the developing world, empowering the to lift themselves out of poverty.
  15. 15. Find an Organization New Global Citizens is a campaign recently launched by Youth Philanthropy Worldwide. Its goal is to mobilize teens around the world to help solve the earth’s biggest problems—poverty, access to education and health care, gender inequality, environmental degradation, war and natural disasters.
  16. 16. Find an Organization Facebook Causes allows individuals to create Web pages that give visitors information about various causes as well as a chance to join the cause and, in some cases, even donate to the cause.
  17. 17. Find an Organization Humane Teen is a program of the Humane Society of the United States which offers a variety of opportunities for young people to help animals and make their voices heard on issues such as animal cruelty, factory farming, and animal experimentation.
  18. 18. Find an Organization Do Something is an online community where young people can learn about causes, get ideas for charitable projects, and take action to make the world a better place.
  19. 19. Find an Organization Youth Volunteer Network is a Website sponsored jointly by Network for Good and YouthNOISE which helps teens find opportunities to share time and services close to home. It has message boards where young people can communicate about different causes and can also help you find the charitable organizations that best fit your values.
  20. 20. Find an Organization Youth Venture is a global network that inspires and invests in teams of young people who design and launch their own community-based charitable organizations.
  21. 21. Find an Organization Student Conservation Association matches young people with internships and other conservation opportunities in a variety of environments—such as urban parks, national parks, and state forests.
  22. 22. Find an Organization Landmark Volunteers provides summer volunteer opportunities for students at more than fifty conservation landmarks around the country—from the Grand Canyon in Arizona, to the Morgan Horse Farm in Vermont, to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
  23. 23. Find an Organization You can help hungry families around the world by purchasing a share of an animal from Heifer International. Heifer gifts can be wool-producing sheep, milk-producing cows, chickens, rabbits, even honeybees. The simple yet powerful idea of this group is to give families a source of food rather than short-term relief.
  24. 24. Find an Organization One online resource that can help you match your interests with nonprofit organizations is VolunteerMatch.
  25. 25. Find an Organization MercyCorps is a nonprofit organization that inspires young people to fight global poverty. It exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
  26. 26. Why Do People Share? Too often the act of sharing money takes a backseat to all of the spending choice that tempt us day in and day out. But throughout history there have been people whose sharing ultimately made a big impact on others. Take Ben Franklin
  27. 27. Why Do People Share? Benjamin Franklin… It has been said that if someone needed money to start a business or help his or her family, Ben Franklin would share what he had and not ask for the money to be paid back. His instructions to the person he was helping: “If someone you know needs money someday, I hope you will pay it forward and help them out just as I have helped you.”