March 30, 2015

Internet-Savvy Kids Getting an Early Jump on Philanthropy

Children are becoming increasingly active in philanthropy at younger ages, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes in an article focusing on two local kids raising money for disease charities.

Maya Rigler, a 10-year-old cancer patient, has collected more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer through a web page set up through a charity based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., called Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Brett Mezrow, 11, developed a video campaign to raise money and awareness of mitochondrial disease, which his best friend suffers from.

"Youth philanthropy is becoming more and more exciting and building traction across the country," in large part because today's kids are adept at using online tools to connect with donors and established fundraising groups, said Katherine Scott, director of youth philanthropy at the Frieda C. Cox Family Foundation in Los Angeles.

Read more about philanthropy in Generation Z — children and youth born since the mid-1990s — in the latest issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.