About Us

Welcome to our About Us page, the heart of the Youth Giving movement. Dive into our journey of empowering young changemakers and discover how we’re driving positive change through youth-led philanthropy. Explore our history, milestones, and core values that shape our mission.


In 2016, Candid (formerly known as the Foundation Center) initiated a journey that would transform into Youth Giving. This movement became a dynamic catalyst, empowering young minds and grantmaking enthusiasts to explore giving, learn from experts, and advocate for causes they believed in.

Beyond the digital realm, Youth Giving evolved into a potent force for change. Youth aged 8 to 30 worldwide pooled resources through grantmaking programs, nurturing independence, leadership, and decision-making skills. Collaboration extended to institutions, foundations, and schools, amplifying their capacity for substantial change.

The advent of YouthGiving.org marked a pivotal moment, tracking and celebrating youth’s profound insights when making grants. Over 800 programs globally participated, underscoring young grantmakers’ role in shaping a brighter future. As we transition from Candid to The International Social Impact Institute® (The ISII), we continue this legacy, standing united with young changemakers to steer towards a more equitable world.

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Explore the journey and the vibrant path Youth Giving treads today, a partnership of empowerment.


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On International Youth Day, August 12, 2022, a significant torch was passed. The International Social Impact Institute® assumed the stewardship of Youth Giving, heralding an era of renewed empowerment and collective action.

Beyond the digital realm, Youth Giving evolved into a potent force for change. Youth aged 8 to 30 worldwide pooled resources through grantmaking programs, nurturing independence, leadership, and decision-making skills. Collaboration extended to institutions, foundations, and schools, amplifying their capacity for substantial change.

Our Milestones since August 2022

Since August 2022, our Youth Giving journey has witnessed remarkable global milestones.
Some of our noteworthy achievements include:


Custom-developed trainings and courses delivered


Individuals coached and trained


People reached through conferences and events


Youth-serving organizations integrated into our global network

In 2023

Embarked on harnessing the power of Generative AI

These achievements stand as a testament to our dedication to youth empowerment and fostering positive change.


Youth Giving is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of change-makers. Our mission is to ignite inspiration, foster connections, and empower young individuals and their supporting institutions. By doing so, we aim to cultivate their growth into impactful advocates for equity and sustainability, not only within their communities but also on a global scale.


Youth Giving envisions a world where young changemakers are catalysts for profound societal transformation. Through a tapestry of inspiration, collaboration, and empowerment, we aspire to amplify the influence of youth in shaping a more equitable and sustainable global landscape. Together, we’re creating a future where the dynamism of young individuals leads to lasting positive change, making the world a better place for all.


Our core values act as the guiding compass on our journey to fulfill our mission and bring our vision to life. Click on each value below to delve deeper into its significance:

We believe in the inherent potential of young changemakers and the vital role of youth-serving organizations in shaping their journey towards impactful leadership.

We foster a supportive and collaborative ecosystem, connecting young changemakers with like-minded peers, mentors, and organizations to drive collective action.

Embracing cutting-edge technology, we aim to unlock the full potential of young changemakers and the institutions that support them, revolutionizing the way youth-driven initiatives are created and amplified.

Our commitment to equity drives our efforts to provide equal access to resources, training, and opportunities, ensuring every young changemaker has the chance to create positive change.

Together We Have Been Co-Creating the Future of Youth Giving

Step into the heart of our collaborative journey, where we, united as a global force, are shaping the very essence of youth-led philanthropy through remarkable milestones, transformative partnerships, and pioneering initiatives.


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Immerse yourself in the dynamic realm of the virtual Youth Giving Summit. This catalytic platform brought together young changemakers and visionary thought leaders, sparking waves of positive change that resonated with over 2,000 participants worldwide.


Youth Giving Ambassadors

Meet some of the trailblazers standing resolute at the forefront of youth giving. These passionate individuals are not just driving change; they’re lighting up a path towards a brighter, more equitable future for all.


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Discover our pioneering partnership, an endeavor aimed at nurturing equitable opportunities for young changemakers within marginalized communities worldwide. This collaborative journey is a testament to the change that’s achievable when we stand united.


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Explore the revamped nexus, where mission and innovation converge. Our empowered website equips young changemakers, youth-serving institutions, and advocates with enriched resources and invaluable connections, fostering an ecosystem of empowerment.

Together, we’re not just imagining, but co-creating a world where the energy of youth empowerment fuels a more equitable and sustainable tomorrow.

Connect with the team fueling the Youth Giving movement at The International Social Impact Institute®. Meet the individuals championing youth empowerment and positive change.


At Youth Giving, we invite you to join our global movement, where youth are empowered to shape the world they want to live in and drive meaningful change for a brighter future. Here’s what some of our changemakers, partners and event attendees have to say about their experiences with Youth Giving:


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Youth Serving Organization

Youth Advocate

Join us in this movement that extends far beyond words. At Youth Giving, we extend an open invitation to you, inviting you to become an integral part of our global journey. Whether you’re a young changemaker seeking inspiration, a youth-serving organization aiming to enhance your impact, or a supporter of youth empowerment, our platform offers something of immense value.

Embark on this transformative journey with us, where the voices and actions of youth mold a more equitable, sustainable, and socially just world. Together, we hold the power to empower the next generation of changemakers and to collectively illuminate a brighter future for all.

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