Youth Philanthropy: From Beneficiary to Active Agent

Host Organization: Philanthropy Massachusetts


In recent years, more foundations, schools, and neighborhood institutions have come to understand that young people are well positioned to make informed decisions about community needs both now and in the future that belongs to them. As a result, the practice of youth philanthropy has emerged in hundreds of communities and organizations across the United States. Broadly defined, youth philanthropy provides young people money and mentorship to directly fund nonprofit organizations.

This 90-minute program explores this landscape, elevates best practices and describes the long-term benefits of youth philanthropy for young people. Done well with attention to diversity, equity and inclusion, youth philanthropy is a practice with the potential to make the grantmaking sector more democratic, accessible and responsive.This program includes a brief presentation and a panel discussion with youth philanthropists and their adult supporters.

This program is presented in partnership with the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy located at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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