Staff Blogger: Jessica Kidd, Director of Annual Giving

As Lakeside Chautauqua joins #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on November 29, 2016, we invite you to share the spirit of giving with your own children or grandchildren.

Teaching a younger generation about the power of giving is as simple as showing them how in real and tangible ways.

Include giving as part of your holiday conversation, and identify ways you can give to others as a family. The memories of these acts of kindness will last a lifetime.

Here are some fun ways you can help teach your children or grandchildren about giving during this joyous holiday season:

  • In the spirit of Chautauqua, help them to be generous and serve others. Volunteer at Lakeside or in your community, help a neighbor or prepare dinner for a friend.
  • On #GivingTuesday, encourage young ones to write a special note to an organization they’re involved with, including a cultural arts museum, music school, church or botanical garden.
  • In November, give a donation to Lakeside or your favorite charity as a family, and talk about how your gift will help others. This year, your gift will support sound and lighting upgrades in Hoover Auditorium.
  • Have your children or grandchildren collect toys they’re no longer using or clothes they’ve outgrown, and donate them to a family in need.
  • Share the reasons why you support your community, charity or special cause with the next generation.

We invite you to make this a family tradition during the giving season. Share with us how your family is giving and sharing this holiday season – post a comment below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages, send an email to or call (419) 798-5396.