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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…

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…

Kate Gatto

Milton Friedman once said: “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” While I don’t generally subscribe to Friedman’s right-wing philosophies, I do think he was onto something here. Few…

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…

Brooklyn Youth Fellows

“I always knew my voice mattered, but the Youth Fellows program is my megaphone.” – Ray, Brooklyn Youth Fellow A group of young people sit around a table, each with their own unique lived experiences–from incarceration to homelessness to living…

Danielle Segal

The aims for a youth philanthropy board are great: learn about the grantmaking process, perform due diligence and grant funds appropriately, go through the process seriously and with intentionality, and take on responsibilities surrounding money that are historically reserved for…

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…