1. Decide in advance what amount your family will give to charity.
  2. If your children are young, predetermine how funding decisions will be made. (Each family member might pick his or her own charities, the family can vote on them as a group, or a combination of the two). If your children are older, they may want to help devise the plan.
  3. Set the time and place for the family meeting.
  4. On an easel or large pad, write the amount of money you plan to give to charity.
  5. Explain how the decisions will be made.
  6. List the preferences of each family member on the pad.
  7. Use play money to help young children visualize how the money could be divided among the chosen charities.
  8. Vote on which organizations to fund and in what amounts.
  9. Let the children help write the checks.