Kid-worthy causes

Get kids involved in giving with this list of kid-friendly charities.


By Tina O'Shea

Managing Editor at LeapFrog

Tina O’Shea is LeapFrog’s Managing Editor and the voice of @LeapFrog on Twitter, but to her kids, she’s the Freeze Dance DJ.

Kids are more likely to feel generous if they have some input on the cause. Sit down as a family and discuss your values. Then research different charities that support those values.

Need inspiration? These websites can help spark discussion with your child about values and how giving a little can help a lot:

charity: water is a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Kids can watch the 3-minute Water Changes Everything video to learn about how access to clean water affects families and children. Using mycharity: water, children can raise money by running, swimming, biking, or giving up birthday presents in the name of clean water.

Project Night Night is an easy “get” for kids: the organization distributes Night Night Packages, which include a book, a blanket, and a stuffed animal, to homeless children living in shelters. A $20 donation sponsors one Night Night Package; Project Night Night also accepts donations of new blankets, books and stuffed animals, and gift cards with remaining balances.

 

Kids Caring 4 Kids, founded by an 11-year-old, demonstrates how one “regular” kid can make a difference. The organization supports programs to help kids and communities impacted by AIDS. Read their success stories and fundraising ideas with your child to get inspired.

 

Plan USA sets up child-friendly spaces across earthquake-affected areas in Haiti. Child-friendly spaces provide vital safe areas where children can learn and play in the midst of chaos. Gifts of Hope are actual items needed by the communities where Plan International USA works. Show your child how small donations can go a long way: A $10 gift buys a soft baby blanket to swaddle a newborn baby, keeping him clean, safe and warm. A gift of $15 buys three fluffy baby chicks, destined to become egg laying machines that provide food for a family and instant income.

Vitamin Angels connects children in need with vital nutrients. “We’ve had some really wonderful contributions from younger children, including lemonade stands, birthday dedications, school fundraisers and more. Children helping children feels like a win-win—and they can be so creative and passionate!” says Kim Saam, Communications and Donor Recognition Manager for Vitamin Angels.