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Making the Next Generation Generous: Charitable Allowance

Ryan Jones February 6, 2017

There are a lot of ways to use the Chimp platform to make a difference. Lots of people use it like a bank account to give to a charity close to their hearts. Groups use it to fundraise for a common cause. Even bigger movements unite groups into campaigns that can help multiple charities and people around the world. But let’s talk about a new way to use Chimp: Charitable Allowance.

When I was a kid, an allowance was $5 on Sunday in return for doing my chores. In 2017, Chimp Charitable Allowance is being used in schools as a way to help kids understand the importance of giving back. It works like this:

Step 1: Students receive charity dollars each month in their Chimp Accounts.

Step 2: Teachers facilitate a conversation between students, their peers, and their families to decide what they care about and select a charity.

Step 3: They give the allowance to the chosen charity.

Step 4: Students share their giving stories and interact directly with representatives of the charities they support.

In Practice

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Four Jewish day schools in Vancouver are using Charitable Allowance to teach kids the value of Tzedakah (charity). The 170 participating students receive $18 each month.

At Vancouver Talmud Torah, grades 5 and 6 donated over $1,200 to a fire station in Haifa, Israel. They skyped directly with the firefighters and received a personalized video from them thanking them for their support. It was a great opportunity for the students to see the real impact of giving back to something important.

So far, over $7,800 has been sent to charities from kids learning that they can make a difference and the program continues to grow.

To start a Charitable Allowance program at a school in your neighbourhood or to learn more, contact judy@chimp.net.

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