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
Why Should I Connect With Others When I’m So Busy?
By Sarah Saltzman & Kylie Semel
Being busy isn’t a reason to avoid connecting with other youth philanthropists—it’s a reason to do it. We’re Kylie and Sarah, and we’re both members of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation Junior Board and the Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC) Leadership Team. We’ve been getting to know lots of other youth philanthropists across the U.S. for over three years through Youth Philanthropy Connect conferences and the YPC Leadership Team, where we have met lots of other youth that are weaving the web that is our network. Here are the top 5 benefits we have found from staying connected to other youth philanthropists.Read More
August 26, 2016
How Do I Tell the Story of My Giving?
By Kari McCann
It can be a challenge to effectively communicate your story – to demonstrate your impact, garner funds, and to simply explain philanthropy to your peers. In the webinar recording below, Iowa Council of Foundations President Kari McCann and youth philanthropists Michael Banwarth and Leah Freihoefer offer some advice on how best to share the story of your giving and how to leverage these stories through your philanthropy network.Read More
August 9, 2016
How Do I Start a Youth Grantmaking Program to Ensure Youth Voice? What Are the Benefits of Doing so as a Funder?
By Kelly Davenport Nowlin
In 2000, my family’s foundation (Surdna) established the Andrus Family Philanthropy Program to engage future generations in our family in formalized philanthropy. In addition, we created two youth programs, targeting 13-17 and 18-24 year olds, respectively (learn more here!). For years, these youth programs were designed and run by adults with expertise in the field, helping young people define what they cared about and find their identity in philanthropy. I have come across similar youth initiatives where adults get together to develop all aspects of the program, then present it to the young people to experience and implement. If the past sixteen years has taught me anything about youth philanthropy it is this: don’t take “youth” out of the development and creation of a youth philanthropy program.Read More
July 27, 2016
What Are the SDGs and How Do They Relate to the Youth Giving Movement?
By Arif Ekram
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals—better known as the SDGs—are a set of 17 universal goals for global economic development, prosperity, human dignity, peace, justice, and partnerships. They have been agreed upon by virtually every nation on earth and will remain in effect until 2030. The SDG framework has managed to find common ground between the countless dissimilar and often opposing interests of various nations and has aligned all of these countries under the same agenda to improve the quality of life for people around the globe. It took a great number of very skilled development professionals more than three years, but they have succeeded in putting together a universal framework – one that fits the U.S. as much as it fits Somalia.Read More
July 5, 2016