How Can We Overcome Data Challenges?
By Erin Nylen-Wysocki & Jen Bokoff
When using data in your youth grantmaking work and beyond, you will undoubtedly face challenges. We don’t want roadblocks to set you back, so let’s address some of the most common challenges to help you anticipate and overcome them.Read More
November 6, 2017
How Can You Harness the Power of Social Media for Your Cause?
By Brea Reimer-Baum
Ah... the world of social media. Can't live with it, definitely can't live without it. In a world where supporters are on their phones on a near-constant basis, nonprofit groups need to stay current on social media trends to retain and gain support. Here are a few useful tips I learned along the way.Read More
September 19, 2017
How Can We Evaluate the Outcomes and Impact of a Youth Philanthropy Program?
By Kate Gatto
Few people would argue the good intentions of philanthropic programs that engage and empower young people as key decision-makers and change-makers…but good intentions don’t always add up to meaningful outcomes and long-term impact for society. How can we evaluate the outcomes and impact of our youth philanthropy programs?Read More
May 2, 2017
How Can You Incorporate Learning Into Youth Programs?
By Amanda Standerfer
We’ve all heard “when you’ve seen one foundation, you’ve seen one foundation.” This familiar saying makes light of the many different ways foundations operate. The same is true for how family foundations engage their next generation. There is no “one size fits all” or magic bullet that ensures successful participation by younger family members. And with so many models to choose from, how do you decide what’s right for your family foundation?Read More
February 8, 2017
What Does it Mean to Measure a Movement, and How Does That Affect the Way We Should Think About Our Youth Giving Programs?
By Katie Marcus Reker
In 2006, I joined the Junior Board of the Frieda C. Fox Foundation and began learning about what it meant to be a philanthropist. At the time, it was almost unheard of for young people to be engaged in this way, and I remember craving interactions with people my age doing similar work. There weren’t resources to connect with others, and it was very easy to feel alone and isolated in this field.Read More
January 3, 2017
How Do You Create a Youth-Led Grantmaking Program to Support Your Community?
By Brooklyn Youth Fellows
A group of young people sit around a table, each with their own unique lived experiences--from incarceration to homelessness to living undocumented--and each filled with immense passion to change the world, block by block, person by person. At this table, the idea for the Brooklyn Youth Voice Awards was born. The Brooklyn Youth Voice Awards is a youth-led grantmaking program created in 2016 by young people and sponsored by Brooklyn Community Foundation. The Brooklyn Youth Voice Awards sees young people as central players in supporting youth-centered projects.Read More
December 19, 2016
How Do You Put the Fun in Funding?
By Danielle Segal
Here at the Jewish Teen Funders Network, we recognize that young people have the capacity to be changemakers and have the energy to make this process active and alive! So, whether your group is creating its mission statement, or going through piles of paperwork, here are some easy ways to ensure that your sessions are teen-friendly and energized.Read More
November 17, 2016
How Do I Start a Youth Grantmaking Program in My Community?
By Sammie Holzwarth
The first and most important step in starting a youth grantmaking program is to ask as many questions as possible. These should be questions within your community as well as about the broader youth giving movement.Read More
October 26, 2016
How does knowledge get shared from a youth grantmaking program with funders, grantees, and the next group of youth leaders?
By Isabel Dawson
Communication is a valuable and helpful tool in many aspects of life, and philanthropy is not an exception - communication is crucial and vital to the success of a program. Philanthropy requires communication between donors, foundations, and nonprofits. Feedback from those directly affected by funded projects helps grantmaking programs to grow and improve, and gives donors more information and data. Relationships often grow from these conversations, which then allow for even easier and more open communication. When donors remain consistent, these relationships can span decades. However, building relationships can be hard with youth programs, because most have specific age limits for participating youth, creating a constant cycle of new members. If members are only in a program for three or five years, how can we keep board members, donors, and grantees building longstanding relationships and feeling connected to a program? And how can members keep passing down knowledge to new members after they have left?Read More
September 19, 2016
Why Doesn’t Anyone Want My Free Money?
By Alison and Joanne Newens
As youth philanthropists, we have to make sure that our peers know about our grant opportunities to reach their goals. Of course, advertising is not easy unless you can afford a Superbowl commercial, but here are some innovative ideas about how to broadcast grant opportunities.Read More
September 6, 2016