Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy: Observations and Recommendations for Strengthening a Growing Field

Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy: Observations and Recommendations for Strengthening a Growing Field

Youth philanthropy — grantmaking by individuals 35 and younger conducted through established institutions or governing bodies — is a growing field that encompasses more than a hundred nonprofit programs, two hundred foundations with a youth philanthropy governance committee, and fifty-five university-based programs, a report from Foundation Center finds. Based on a literature scan, grants review, and a convening and funded by the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, the report, Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy: Observations and Recommendations for Strengthening a Growing Field (40 pages, PDF), found that between 2001 and 2013 more than seventy community, private, family, and corporate foundations awarded over nine hundred grants in support of youth grantmaking programs. While organizational models vary, most programs promote empowering youth as critical thinkers, team players, and decision makers who can be active leaders in their communities.

FEATURED CONNECTIONS