“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

When Kurt and Kim Elmhorst started the Elmhorst Family Fund, they named it with the goal of involving their kids in their giving. So this summer, even with busy schedules of pool parties, outdoor adventures and family outings, these parents created a teachable moment. Parents, Kurt and Kim, set aside $200 from the Elmhorst Family Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation for their kids, Kelsey and Kale, to be able to support a nonprofit program they were interested in. They used the 2014-2015 Impact Polk booklet to learn about some of the programs in the community needing funding.

Kale, (blank years old), chose Polk Education Foundation’s Free Teacher Market, which gives Polk public school teachers a place to “shop” for office and classroom supplies free of charge. When I asked why he chose that program, Kale gave me a surprised look and shrugged. He said he was in school and wanted to help

Giving to help others is not a new concept to Kale and his sister, Kelsey. Last year for her birthday, Kelsey raised money from friends and family and made a donation to Girls Inc.