Making a difference is empowering. And what little person doesn’t want to feel like she makes a difference? “It builds their confidence,” says Maggie Jones, former executive director of Children for Children, a national group that offers volunteer opportunities and service-learning programs for kids across the country. ”That spirit of giving is sparked when there’s a match of the kids’ interests with the need.” Talk up your child's special qualities and help her discover how her talent can help others. If she's an animal animal lover, for example, check out the National Humane Education Society. If she loves her Easy-Bake Oven, encourage her to help you in the kitchen the next time there's a school bake sale. Even the humble neighborhood lemonade stand can serve as an opportunity to give: Your kids can donate their proceeds to a charity of their choice.