If parents want to raise generous children, what works? Years of looking into which youth experiences best predict giving by adults offer some clues. Independent Sector, a group of major nonprofit organizations, found the activities below the most closely linked to adult generosity. They're in only rough rank order because respondents could name multiple activities.
— Seeing an admired person who isn't a family member help others.
— Seeing a family member help others.
— Doing volunteer work.
— Raising money door to door.
— Being active in student government.
— Belonging to a youth group, such as the Boy Scouts.
— Being active in a religious organization.
— Being helped by others.
— The biggest deterrent to generosity: Not seeing a family member help others.
Source: Giving and Volunteering in the United States survey