Engaging young people in philanthropic “giving” is the purpose of the Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program.
YIP provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and participate in the grant making process. Students from school districts across the region form teams that research school based and community needs and strengths. Through surveys, interviews and consensus, each team develops criteria to prioritize their grant investments.
Students gain experience in teamwork, community needs, running meetings, building consensus, nonprofit finance and other topics. The program culminates with year-end celebration where each team of students presents their $5,000 in grant investments to their school and community. Eight school districts are participating in the program: Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, Danville, Northwest, Shikellamy and Warrior Run.
YIP Grants: Annually, February - May
- Service Area: YIP provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and participate in the grantmaking process. Students from school districts across the region form teams that research community needs and strengths as they relate to youth. Each team develops a portfolio for their grant investments that they determine will provide results measured in changed lives.
- Priority Areas of Interest: Based on the criteria defined by each participating YIP school group.
Over $50,000 was awarded in grants this year! See the complete list of grants from the 2019-2020 YIP program here.
2019-2020 Youth in Philanthropy
- Winter Meeting: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 9 am - 1:30 pm at the Foundation Office (Berwick)
- Winter Meeting: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, from 9 am – 1:30 pm at the Regional Engagement Center (Selinsgrove)
- Year-End Grant Ceremony: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from 9 am – 11 am at the Danville High School
2019-2020 YIP Sponsors
- Benton: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund
- Berwick: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund
- Central Columbia: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund; Central Columbia Educational Foundation
- Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund
- Danville: Danville Area Community Foundation; Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund; The Booth Family Fund; Individual Donors
- Midd-West: Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation; Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Fund; Robinson Donor Advised Fund
- Millville: J.P. Mascaro and Sons and the White Pines Landfill; First Columbia Bank; Marr Development; Millville Community Foundation, Inc.
- Northwest: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund
- Selinsgrove: Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation; Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Fund; Robinson Donor Advised Fund
- Shikellamy: Individual Donor through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation
- Warrior Run: Warrior Run Education Foundation; Individual Donors
- Review needs assessments of school and community needs.
- Create a grant application and make available for groups and organizations to complete.
- Provide/present philanthropic activities to elementary students.
- Review grant applications, determine grant distribution and present to Foundation Board.
- Present the awards (share with community; publicize grants).
- Learn about volunteerism and research local volunteer opportunities.
- Take part in a group volunteer project.
Youth in Philanthropy Student Resources (for YIP students only):
- Needs Assessment Survey Example 1
- Needs Assessment Survey Example 2
- Grant Application Example 1
- Grant Application Example 2
- Finding non-profits
- YIP Elementary Activities
- Grant Evaluation Form
- Minute Template