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Engaging Your Children in Philanthropy with Ron Lieber

Engaging Your Children in Philanthropy with Ron Lieber
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Beverly, MA – Talking openly to children about money can help parents raise young adults who are grounded, generous and wise beyond their years, according to Ron Lieber, best-selling author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a groundbreaking book about kids, values and finances.


On Feb. 1, Essex County Community Foundation, in partnership with Shore Country Day School in Beverly, will present an inspiring seminar at which Lieber, the Your Money columnist for the New York Times, will discuss the how, when and why to talk to kids about money and engage them in philanthropy.


During the event, which begins at 7pm in the Trustey Family Theatre at Shore Country Day School, Lieber will offer concrete tools and examples to help attendees think about how money and philanthropy help shape our children into thriving adults, and will teach parents ways to engage their children in the concept of giving back.


“The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition,” says Lieber. “It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody 'the opposite of spoiled,' and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic."


This seminar is made possible because of the generosity of ECCF donors and the work of the Foundation’s NextGen Philanthropy Initiative, which strives to educate, engage and connect Essex County’s next generation of philanthropic leaders. The NextGen Steering Committee is dedicated to ensuring that donors have the knowledge, tools and support necessary to ensure long-term philanthropic impact. 


"Seeing the bigger picture as a community member is vital to the future not only of Essex County, but to the world,” said Elizabeth (Weze) Harrigan, a Shore Country Day School parent, alum and member of the NextGen Steering Committee whose passion was fueled by the philanthropy of her parents, Binkley and Paula Shorts. “Picking your head up, looking out at the needs and helping in any capacity makes a difference. It expands your happiness. It opens your eyes to reality and the challenges of life. It’s what I want my girls to experience now, even at 4 and 6 years old."


Harrigan’s feelings have been echoed by many young philanthropists ECCF works with. 


“Through our work in the community, we know NextGen donors are thirsty for concrete ways to engage and empower themselves and their children to be more intentional in their finances and philanthropy,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster, ECCF’s associate vice preisdent for philanthropy. “That is exactly why we created this initiative at ECCF.”


Lavoie Schuster expressed ECCF’s gratitude for Shore Country Day School’s partnership in this important work.


“Both the parents and entire administration at Shore embrace the spirit of philanthropy within the school community and beyond,” she said. “It’s evident in what they teach their students, how they engage their parents and in the work they do with their generational programs. We are happy to be embraced by the Shore community to collaborate on this important topic that affects our children and their role in giving back.”


For Shore's Director of Advancement, Jody Johnson, the feeling is mutual.


"We are thrilled to be partnering with ECCF on this event. Ron's message is perfect for our families, many of whom, like the Harrigans, are already involved with ECCF and other community organizations,” said Johnson. “We're fortunate to have the beautiful Trustey Family Theatre to offer as the setting for what is sure to be an eye-opening seminar."


Tickets for this complimentary event are available at www.shoreschool.tix.com. For more information, please contact Keri-Ann Miserandino at ECCF at k.miserandino@eccf.org or 978.777.8876 ext. 30. You can also contact Annie Pfaff at Shore Country Day School at apfaff@shoreschool.org or 978.402.3817. To learn more about ECCF’s NextGen Initiative, contact Carol Lavoie Schuster at c.lavoieschuster@eccf.org or visit www.eccf.org/nextgen.

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