Leadership, Service and Pizza: Youth in Philanthropy
December 5, 2018
Many Foundation supporters know that Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a 22-week leadership and charitable giving program for area high school students. However, not many know what students are really up to when YIP is in session.
It is true that there is copious pizza consumption and no shortage of laughter, but don’t underestimate the insight and understanding of which these “kids” are capable. Over the years, YIP participants have taken on community issues like opioid addiction, poverty and mental illness.
Each year, YIP’s seniors screen grant applications and select the most viable candidates.
The full group of students read each grant proposal and plot the details into a logic model – a type of program matrix – to evaluate the potential effectiveness of the proposed project. Once the proposals are analyzed, students compile interview questions and attend applicant site visits.
In December, the YIP group debates the merits of each candidate and decides which nonprofit to recommend to The Community Foundation’s board of governors for a single grant of $10,000.
Youth in Philanthropy members 2018 from top to bottom and left to right:
Kelsey DuPuy, Madeline Weber, Justice Hood, Allie Suthar, Adam Payne, Charles Willis, Dahlia Stebbins-Sharpless, MacKeon Sprinkle
Sam DuMont, Abe Rowe, Ben Fidler, Malik Johnson, Claire Brady, Clifton Goode, Haley Caspersen
Hollis Glancy, Emery Brown, Joshua Cole, Caroline Wack, Mitch Dolby, Carter Sprinkle, Mary McDaniel, Mason Allen, Shannan Marrs
Not pictured here: Noah Adams, Ky Bautista, Taylor Collins, Dimitri Constantine, Gray Dameron, Gwendolyn Daniels, Levi Hoffman, Libby Humes, Alina Krannitz, Reilly Krannitz, Shannan Marrs, Jeremiah Pouncy, Abe Rowe, William Rowe, Cooper Sims, William Snead, Grace Sprinkle, Lauren Stanitski, Erica Stanitski, Declan Zelazny.
Doug Stewart, Managing Director with Cary Street Partners and founding board member at The Community Foundation, pledged to support Youth in Philanthropy grantmaking for seven years, beginning in 2011. Since then 24 grants have been given through YIP to deserving area nonprofits that involve or serve youth.
Thank you for your commitment to teaching local youth about giving and serving in our community, Doug!