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Letters: Sillerman Center at Brandeis applauds teaching teens about philanthropy

The article by Kathleen Burge (“Studies in Charity,’’ Globe West, Jan. 19) highlighted a growing and important slice of civic life in United States philanthropy and how that sector is being democratized.

Whether high school or college students, our young citizens benefit by learning about the power they possess to address inequality. This behavior not only assists others but also helps create citizens who care for each other.

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It is crucial to have programs, like the one highlighted in the article, widely available to young adults as they adopt habits and behaviors consistent with the realities of our now global environment. And learning that you don’t have to be a Warren Buffett (though his grandson and nephew manage the Learning by Giving Foundation that supports 27 college giving programs) or a Bill Gates to be a philanthropist opens up the satisfying experience of philanthropy to everyone.

Whether one gives $10 or $10 million, sharing one’s own financial resources with others to redress some of the imbalances in society is as important for the “donor’’ as it is to the organization who receives.

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A positive physiological response to giving has actually been documented.

As our children grow up they should be taught to spend, save, and give to others, the trifecta of understanding and using money.

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