"When you have fortune, one of the most important things to do as a parent is to make sure your child understands compassion and generosity," says the actress.

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Credit: Courtesy of Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher and her daughter have always loved taking road trips together, so when Emerson turned 17, she and mom hit the road in search of the perfect college for her to attend.

“Last summer, we decided with the upcoming excitement of going off to college herself, we would do a trip across the country looking at colleges,” says the Desperate Housewives actress, 50.

But Emerson also wanted to give back to her community while traveling, so she started a blog (reachandsafe.com) to raise money for the Fulfillment Fund, an organization that offers mentoring, help with college applications and more for underprivileged students.

“Many of these students are experiencing college for the first time in their entire family,” says Hatcher about the organization. “When one sister goes off to college, that goal becomes reachable and attainable, and it trickles down into their families.”

Since her daughter was a little girl, Hatcher has worked hard to instill “compassion and generosity” in her.

“I think when you have fortune, one of the most important things to do as a parent is to not raise a brat,” she says. “The older she gets, now things are beginning to come more and more from her. This idea of wanting to really help education locally in our community really came from her.”