There are a lot of ways to use the Chimp platform to make a difference. Lots of people use it like a bank account to give to a charity close to their hearts. Groups use it to fundraise for a common cause. Even bigger movements unite groups into campaigns that can help multiple charities and people around the world. But let’s talk about a new way to use Chimp: Charitable Allowance.
When I was a kid, an allowance was $5 on Sunday in return for doing my chores. In 2017, Chimp Charitable Allowance is being used in schools as a way to help kids understand the importance of giving back. It works like this:
Step 1: Students receive charity dollars each month in their Chimp Accounts.
Step 2: Teachers facilitate a conversation between students, their peers, and their families to decide what they care about and select a charity.
Step 3: They give the allowance to the chosen charity.
Step 4: Students share their giving stories and interact directly with representatives of the charities they support.
At Vancouver Talmud Torah, grades 5 and 6 donated over $1,200 to a fire station in Haifa, Israel. They skyped directly with the firefighters and received a personalized video from them thanking them for their support. It was a great opportunity for the students to see the real impact of giving back to something important.
So far, over $7,800 has been sent to charities from kids learning that they can make a difference and the program continues to grow.
To start a Charitable Allowance program at a school in your neighbourhood or to learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.