The Value of Family Values
Studies show that children who understand shared values and family history build a stronger sense of self and are able to articulate their own values more clearly. They have higher self-esteem and show more resilience in turbulent times. They tend to honor integrity and have a more generous spirit. Values based discussions connect generations in meaningful ways and transcend time. This article “The Stories that Bind Us” captures this sentiment well.
You may be wondering “What does this have to do with philanthropy?” Values are the lens through which families focus meaningful and genuine philanthropic choices. Framing decisions this way creates joyful giving and authentic funding relationships.
So, what stories will you share this year with family to honor your values? What traditions will be reimagined? What new rituals will emerge? Regardless of the choices you make, intentional thought around these concepts will yield powerful family connections and ultimately, philanthropic impact.