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Youth Philanthropy Council

2017/18 Youth Philanthropy Council

Through our Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) Program, established in 2008, we engage students from each public and private high school in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and Highland County in the practice of community philanthropy, including grant making to local nonprofit organizations. YPC members meet with community leaders, local philanthropists, and nonprofit executives. They work together to establish philanthropic priorities, request grant proposals from the nonprofit community, interview applicants, and determine how best to distribute grants totaling $35,000 ($25,000 to Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro and $10,000 to Highland County). Through YPC, we are working to prepare our next generation of leaders and philanthropists.

YPC—Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County:  As the Community Foundation celebrates the 10th anniversary of its YPC (Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro), we announce the availability of $25,000 in grant funding for 2018 and invite nonprofit organizations to submit applications addressing programs benefiting local youth and their support systems. Support systems for youth include, but are not limited to, adult and peer mentoring programs, structured out-of-school programs, mental and physical counseling services, family intervention and parenting skills support, and legal advocacy. Application deadline was January 5, 2018.

YPC—Highland County:  In 2015, we launched our new Youth Philanthropy Council dedicated to Highland County.  This year’s members of the Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council have been working hard to establish their priorities and will consider applications that are aimed at alleviating hunger and increasing access to healthy food. Special attention will be given to any project that address the needs of the underserved or vulnerable. Application deadline was January 28, 2018.

Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in our geographic service area, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations, engaged in charitable activities that address the priorities determined by our two Youth Philanthropy Councils.

2018 Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Recipients


Thanks to Martin’s Foods, corporate sponsor of the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council