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Seven out of ten of young Americans are working to create positive change on a daily basis, a report from the YMCA finds. Based on a survey of two thousand Americans between the ages of 18 and 38 and conducted…

Robert K. Ross

Seven years ago, we launched a President’s Youth Council (PYC) at the California Endowment, and it seems like a good time to tell you that the young people who’ve served on the council over those seven years have significantly influenced our programming as…

Jonathan Christie

A recent survey our Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) program conducted with the Scottish Youth Parliament found that more than 80% of young people believed activity focused on philanthropy and social activism should be part of the core secondary curriculum….

Khya Carter

Over the past two years, I have been on a journey to become a philanthropist through the Youth Grant Committee at Grand Rapids Community Foundation. When I joined my freshman year after a competitive application process, I was amazed at…

Katherine Muñoz-Amaya

My grandmother immigrated to the United States from Pereira, Colombia in 1987. She left her family, friends, and community behind to work tirelessly in the hopes of sending enough money to her children back home so that they could advance…

Robert Walton

The environmental movement has been steadily gaining ground as people realize how important it is to take action in the face of ever-growing environmental concerns. Organizations across the country have tried to address problems in different ways, from looking into…

Sheryl Seller

Despite the growing number of youth philanthropy programs in the United States, a 2002 survey found that “only 48 percent of adults believe it is important to seek young people’s opinions when making decisions that affect them.” As Katie Richards-Schuster,…

Maria Miranda

This blog was originally published to Foundation Center Midwest’s “Vision and Voices”. On a clear spring Saturday in downtown Cleveland an intergenerational group gathered for Foundation Center Midwest’s Youth Philanthropy Summit. The Summit wrapped up its year-long 40th anniversary celebration with a nod to…

Erin Nylen-Wysocki and 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. Challenge…

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…