May 11, 2008
Piggy Bank Philanthropy: Taking Note of the Philanthropic Tendencies of the Young
The May 11, 2008, issue of the New York Times contains an interesting op-ed article about "piggy-bank philanthropy" among young people. The article describes instances in which high school aged children caught with the philanthropic bug have raised thousands of dollars for things starting a high school in Cambodia and contributing to the effort to save Darfur. Here is an excerpt from the article:
College students used to be the activists, but increasingly they’re joined by high school pupils and even younger children. The spotlight may be on billionaire philanthropists like Bill Gates, but one of the country’s healthier trends has been the rise of piggy-bank philanthropists.
Two high school students in Massachusetts, Ana Slavin and Nick Anderson, started a nationwide high school campaign, Dollars for Darfur, that has raised $420,000 for the people of Darfur from 440 schools.
The humanitarian prodigies like Ana and Nick are laudable for going beyond simple protesting to help their causes. Today’s young social entrepreneurs come across as more constructive than my generation of student activists, and more savvy about how to accomplish their goals cost-effectively.
For the entire article, see "Saving the World in Study Hall," in the May 11, 2008, issue of the New York Times.