Study: Majority of American children give to charity

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19/CNN) - In what could be a landmark study, researchers at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have found that the vast majority of American children give to charity. In addition, what parents say really can make a difference in their kids' attitudes toward giving back.

Nine out of ten kids give money to charity at least once between the ages of eight and 19. However, the study finds that girls are more likely to volunteer to work for a nonprofit cause --- something that continues into adulthood.

If you ever get the feeling that your kids don't really listen to you, this study will make you feel better. Parents who talk about the value of charitable giving tend to have kids who give back, the study found. You might think that just from your kids watching you volunteer and make donations that they'd pick-up on the idea of how important it is. But this study found conversations about it are what count --- no matter how much money you have in the bank.