Youth IN Philanthropy

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Engaging young people in
philanthropic Giving.


Community Giving Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program provides high school students across the region an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and participate in the grantmaking process. Focused on the meaning of giving and the importance of getting involved, students gain experience in teamwork, assessment of community needs, building consensus, nonprofit finance and the local nonprofit world.


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Foundation History

A Story of Local Giving

The Youth in Philanthropy program engages high school students in philanthropic “giving” through educational and hands-on activities. During the 2020-2021 school year, 11 school districts across the Central Susquehanna region participated.

“Youth in Philanthropy has opened my eyes to a bigger world. People need help in many ways, and this program has given me the opportunity to offer my time and talents to help them. Youth in Philanthropy taught me about the grant process, and how a small amount of money can have a big impact. It feels great to give back to the community—I am glad I can call myself a philanthropist.” (Youth in Philanthropy Student)


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Your support of Youth in Philanthropy makes an impact on the lives of people in your community. This story is just one example of the power of giving happening now because of the generosity of our donors.



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Eleven school districts across the Central Susquehanna region are currently participating in the Youth in Philanthropy program.

Teaching Philanthropy

In partnership with faculty liaisons at local school districts, high school students volunteer to form Youth in Philanthropy groups. Throughout the year, each group researches school-based and community needs and strengths, while exercising their leadership and decision-making skills. Contributions from generous community members allow each group to award up to $5,000 annually in grants to nonprofit organizations for youth programs. Students create a plan to survey their community and develop criteria to prioritize their grant awards.

Youth in Philanthropy meets twice per academic year for day-long workshops hosted by the Community Giving Foundation. In addition, school groups meet monthly. To celebrate community impact, the program hosts a grant presentation ceremony annually in April.



Grants Awarded

Service area: Youth in Philanthropy 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 school group.

The 2020-2021 grant round is currently open. Grant requests are due March 25, 2021 by 11:59pm. Click here for more information and to apply.

Youth in Philanthropy's 2019-2020 students recently awarded over $50,000 in grants.

2020 Grant Recipients

Program sponsors

Contributions from generous community members allow Youth in Philanthropy students to award their own grants to nonprofit organizations to support youth programs. Thank you for your sponsorship of this important educational program!

  • Benton: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund (Community Giving Foundation)
  • Berwick: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund (Community Giving Foundation)
  • Central Columbia: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund (Community Giving Foundation); Central Columbia Educational Foundation
  • Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund (Community Giving Foundation)
  • Danville: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund (Community Giving Foundation: Danville); The Booth Family Fund (Community Giving Foundation: Danville); Individual Donors
  • Midd-West: Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove; Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Fund (Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove); Robinson Donor Advised Fund (Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove)
  • Millville: First Columbia Bank; J.P. Mascaro and Sons and the White Pines Landfill; Marr Development; Millville Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Northwest: Berwick Health & Wellness Fund (Community Giving Foundation)
  • Selinsgrove: Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove; Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Fund (Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove); Robinson Donor Advised Fund (Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove)
  • Shikellamy: Individual Donors through the Community Giving Foundation
  • Warrior Run: Warrior Run Education Foundation; Individual Donors
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Participating Schools

Benton
Berwick
Central Columbia
Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech
Danville
Midd-West
Millville
Northwest
Selinsgrove
Shikellamy
Warrior Run



Program Contact

Christine Orlando
Senior Program Officer
Community Giving Foundation

[email protected]
570.752.3930 ext. 2



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