Youth philanthropy means providing young people with the money and mentorship to directly fund nonprofit organizations and projects. Youth philanthropy programs began to appear in the 1980s. Today, there are nearly 750 grantmaking youth philanthropy programs worldwide.
In a recent study with the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University, the National Center for Family Philanthropy showed that breaking down barriers to access and create democratic, diverse, inclusive, and equitable youth philanthropy programs is a vital way for young people and communities to grow.
The study provides insights and best practices from youth philanthropists and from their adult supporters and discusses current practices. It explores how to provide equitable access and inclusivity in youth philanthropy programming.
Those who aspire to start a youth philanthropy program need a timeline and things to consider along the journey toward creating a democratic, diverse, inclusive, and equitable program. The National Center for Family Philanthropy does that in today’s post.