Engaging children in meaningful charity: Opening-up the spaces within which children learn to give

Body, Alison; Lau, Emily and Josephidou, Joanne (2019). Engaging children in meaningful charity: Opening-up the spaces within which children learn to give. Children and Society (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12366

Abstract

This paper presents qualitative evidence from an in-depth, participative action research project with 150 children aged 4-8 years old, exploring their experiences, perceptions and preferences regarding charitable giving. Most children positively engage in charitable giving through home, school and their community, however less than 20% are aware of the cause area they are being asked to support, and most have little decision-making in their giving. Children’s willingness to engage increases when they critically examine the cause area and are facilitated to lead on giving decisions, often resulting in increased and sustained efforts to support cause areas that matter to them.

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