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  • How Are Youth Connecting Dots to Effect Change?

    By 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 how many new people I met. We have a very diverse community and I loved stepping out of my comfort zone and connecting with other students.

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    October 8, 2018

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  • Why Should Youth Care About Immigration?

    By Katherine Muñoz-Amaya

    Last year, I applied to join Seattle Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB) because I wanted to make a difference in my community and give back the way my mother and grandmother do. While I was familiar with the idea of helping one’s community, philanthropy was a foreign concept to me. I always thought of it as rich and old (but very nice) white guys who gave money to charities—like in the movies. But through my time on the Youth Grantmaking Board, I discovered the incredible and life-changing power of philanthropy to help others, just as my grandmother and mother helped those they love.

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    October 8, 2018

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  • Why Should Young People Fund Environmental Causes?

    By 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 the science behind climate change, to starting grassroots campaigns that shift our behavior towards the earth. While there are countless approaches to helping our environment, rather than choosing one strategy over another, we need a collective effort that includes many tactics.

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    October 8, 2018

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  • 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.

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    September 6, 2016

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  • 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.

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    July 27, 2016

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  • What Are The Top Things Youth Need to Know About Site Visits?

    By Khayriyyah MuhammadSmith

    During my time on the Grand Rapids Youth Grant Committee in Michigan, I was able to participate in a few site visits and I learned why they are so important to the grantmaking process! Site visits can help you determine beforehand which organizations or programs to fund or they can help you see how effectively your funding is being put to use after a grant is given. It is important to be prepared when going on a site visit. Here are a few tips to help with the site visit process...

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    May 1, 2016

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