Question of the Day: What percent of U.S./U.K. teens have donated their money to a cause they believe in?

Nov 19, 2018
Question of the Day, Generosity, Research

Answer: 32%


  • Have you ever given money to a cause that you believe in?
    • If so, why did you give to the organization? 
  • Other than giving money, what are other ways that you can help charities?
  • What social causes do you think are most popular with your peers?
  • Do you think that community service requirements for high school students are a good idea? Why or why not? 

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Beth Kanter blog): 

This generation is doing more than clicking on line, they making change in the world!   And, they have generosity in their genes.   According to a recent research survey of UK/US teenagers, 26% have raised money for a cause and 32% have donated their own money (or allowances.)

       Here’s a few examples:

    • Cooper Aaker, 13 year-old son of Stanford Professor, Jennifer Aaker, is raising money for money for NothingButNets, inspired by Golden State Warriers,  Steph Curry.   You can read more about how Cooper has combined his passion for social good with basketball here.


Want to spend more time with your students to discuss the importance of "giving back." Check out our lesson on philanthropy! or our FinCap Friday: Gratitude Is The Right Attitude


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.