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Engage children in family philanthropy

The future leadership of communities lies in the hands of children. In addition to quality education, philanthropy provides a great tool for childhood and community development.

Involving your children, no matter the age, in philanthropy is a great way to teach values of community, charity and helping your fellow man. In addition to learning from their idols (their parents/family leaders), children can practice goodwill by participating in their family’s giving plan.

A few ways children can serve as “young” philanthropists include:

  • Donating gently used toys, books and clothes to other children who may benefit
  • Redirecting birthday and holiday gifts to other children or organizations
  • Special occasions (such as birthdays, first communions, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations) which are promoted with invitations and recognized with gifts, can encourage giving contributions to local charities in lieu of gifts
  • Volunteering with family members at local missions, food distribution centers, and special events
  • Participating in youth giving funds or circles

Family volunteering engages children in philanthropy and creates a unique way of spending time together. Ideas and opportunities are limitless and family fun is just one benefit. Subject matter during family meals and on family trips could be around service and community giving. Another idea could even be a volunteer activity on the family’s next vacation.

Involving children in a family’s giving or philanthropic activity can do wonders toward greater family connectivity and communication. Plus, it’ll teach children about appreciation, values, and communal support.



NPcatalyst launches community volunteerism campaign

NPcatalyst launches community volunteerism campaign

Reno, Nev.— In an effort to increase volunteerism during the summer months, locally-based company NPcatalyst, has launched “Summer Of Service – Northern Nevada.” Running from June through August, this campaign provides local residents with direct access to hundreds of volunteer opportunities through a specially-designed website, http://www.summerofservicenv.com/.

The campaign is the first of its kind and has already generated more buzz than anticipated. “We designed the campaign to increase the number of northern Nevadans who volunteer for local causes and organizations,” states Pete Parker, managing partner of NPcatalyst. “What we’re finding is a strong convergence of non-profits, businesses, media leaders, and schools sharing their enthusiasm. It’s incredibly inspiring.”

Nevada’s low rank in comparison to other states, where roughly one of five Nevadans volunteer, is one reason for the campaign. The other is that NPcatalyst, a local philanthropic solutions company, received a large number of inquiries from school leaders, students, and business professionals seeking volunteer positions.

While the volunteerism campaign invites all residents to participate, considerable emphasis is being placed on students and tourists. “Volunteering is a great activity for high school students because it gives us the opportunity to acquire new skills, interact with new people, and if necessary, meet our mandatory service requirements,” states Alexis Garduno, a Sage Ridge School senior.

Targeting the area’s visitors for volunteer service is a new concept, but one which the NPcatalyst team sees tremendous potential. “We see thousands of people pass through our area each summer; each one possessing great talents and new ideas,” notes Parker. “By inviting them to volunteer, we’re helping provide service to local events and adding new supporters to our non-profits; plus, these visiting volunteers will become more familiar with our people, cultures, and community needs.” Parker believes in travel philanthropy so much that he created the term “VoluntourismNN”, representing voluntourism to the power of northern Nevada.

Everyone is invited to participate in the campaign and there’s absolutely no financial cost, just a contribution of time to the organization of each person’s choice. To learn more about the Summer Of Service campaign, visit http://www.summerofservicenv.com/. The site features a community service blog, business leader endorsements, and ways to get involved. Through a working relationship with Nevada Volunteers, the site also lists over 100 available volunteer positions. The number is projected to escalate to over 200 positions, based on the outstanding participation of our local non-profit organizations.




NPcatalyst, LLC is a Reno-based company which provides philanthropic solutions to businesses and local charitable organizations. Our charter is to set the standard of philanthropic excellence through effective and value-driven best practices. This is fostered by facilitating an ecosystem between non-profit organizations and their corporate and individual supporters, fueled by active community support and engagement.


Pete Parker, NPcatalyst

775-333-9444 / pparker@npcatalyst.com