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Family Giving: Getting Off on the Right Feet


Lisa Galaites & Anjana Pandey | From personal experiences, we know that we're fortunate to have access to clean water, sanitation and fresh food; our professional roles with the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors reminds us daily of the progress we've made and the significant work still needed to support less fortunate communities. But how do we teach our children — the next generation of philanthropists — the importance of responsibility, generosity and empathy? Lucky for us, many of our Philanthropy Northwest members and partners are also thinking deeply about "next-gen" giving. more »

Beyond Gifts: Planning a Meaningful Holiday Season


Leslie Silverman, The Giving Practice | Growing up, I was the only "Hanukkah kid" in my class, so my parents felt compelled to offer me a similar experience in what kids talked about most — the gifts! So, they would give us a gift each evening after we lit the candles. Often, this would amount to seven small toys and games, then a big gift on the eighth and final night. A few years ago, inspired by my work with family foundations, I started to think about how to make the holiday season more meaningful for my son. We created a new tradition: planning out what each night of Hanukkah should be about, beyond buying and exchanging a lot of presents. After a little brainstorming, my 7-year-old son and I came up with eight days of themes: more »