Youth in Philanthropy Students Participate in Program Kickoff

November 3, 2021

Community Giving Foundation recently held the 2021-2022 Youth in Philanthropy kickoff. The program engages young people in philanthropic giving through various educational sessions and activities. Approximately 150 high school students from the following local school districts are participating this year—Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Danville, Midd-West, Millville, Northwest, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and Warrior Run. Kickoff meetings were recently held at the Community Giving Foundation in Berwick on October 29 and November 3 and the Regional Engagement Center in Selinsgrove on November 2. Each school district participating in the program is sponsored locally by various funds of the Community Giving Foundation and its affiliates in Danville, Sunbury, and Selinsgrove, as well as contributions from community groups, businesses, and individuals. To view a complete list of program sponsors, visit

Youth in Philanthropy provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and participate in the grantmaking process. Students gain experience in community needs, running meetings, building consensus, teamwork, nonprofit structure, volunteerism, and other topics. Advisors from each school provide guidance and coordination of the program with the students and Foundation. The program culminates in a year-end celebration where each team of students shares their learning and up to $5,000 in grant investments with their school and community.

During this year’s kickoff, students participated in team building and leadership activities, learned about the meaning of philanthropy and the role of community foundations. Students also designed and implemented a live needs assessment to identify issues facing youth throughout the region.

Community Giving Foundation manages over 300 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna area. The Youth in Philanthropy program is coordinated by Christine Orlando, Foundation Senior Program Officer ([email protected]).