Philanthropy’ is no grown-up word

This article just made me feel good.  I’m glad the technology we’re building is making it easier for people to get involved, and to give back – even if they are only eight years old!

In lieu of presents for her 12th birthday party this year, Maddie Freed of Potomac asked her friends to bring money, and she raised $800 for Children’s Hospital.

Eight-year-old Jenny Hoekman saves a third of what she makes walking dogs, and this month the Takoma Park girl donated it to help her Brownie troop sponsor an immigrant family.

And in Club Penguin, a popular online game club for the elementary school set, more than 2.5 million kids gave their virtual earnings to charities in a contest this month. In response, the site’s founders are giving $1 million to charities based on the children’s preferences.

Philanthropy’ is no grown-up word – Washington Post-