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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…

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…

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. First, survey your community….

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…