We created our first Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) in 2008 with the objective of introducing teens to the importance of philanthropy in our community and in their lives. YPC members meet monthly to interact with community leaders, philanthropists, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. They explore the pressing needs of our community and determine their shared philanthropic priorities. We also task them with the responsibility of managing the process of awarding grants to nonprofit organizations.
YPC—Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County: At a special ceremony on April 20th, our Youth Philanthropy Council participants presented $25,000 to nine local nonprofits.
YPC—Highland County: In 2015, we launched our new Youth Philanthropy Council dedicated to Highland County. At a special ceremony on May 10th, our participants presented $10,000 to three Highland County nonprofits.
Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations, engaged in charitable activities that address the priorities determined by our two Youth Philanthropy Councils.