Highlighting Young Philanthropists in Action
This week’s round up of philanthropy headlines includes several youth philanthropy groups gaining hands-on experience in giving back, the winner of a “Philanthropist for a Day” contest, and how Oxfam tied the Hunger Games into a recent awareness campaign. Let’s dive in!
Youth philanthropists present grants to dozens of local charities
Students from Vancouver-area high schools are gaining hands-on experience in philanthropy and community development. The Oak Bay News reports that the students presented nearly $18,000 in grants to 18 local charities last week. Students select charities to receive the donations based on their own research and interviews with the charities. According to the board chair, the program “fosters philanthropic literacy that we hope will encourage participants to support their community throughout their lives.”
Student philanthropy fund gives four awards to local organizations
Another student philanthropy group in Pennsylvania awarded $10,000 in grants to local nonprofits, according to The Mercury. The Student Philanthropy Council at the Hill School made donations to benefit an adult literacy program, a cooperative-learning program at a local YMCA, a local police athletic league and job training services for people with disabilities. The Student Philanthropy Council was established in 2009 through a private gift to the school. It’s a win-win – the funds benefit the local community while students learn about philanthropy and giving back.
“Philanthropist for a Day” contest winner
SouthCoast Today reports that a local Massachusetts bank held a contest to crown a lucky winner as “Philanthropist for a Day.” This week, the winner traveled in a limousine handing out $1,000 checks to five area charities. The winner of BayCoast Bank’s 12-week promotional contest simply had to answer the question “What is just right?” The winning answer – “Treating people well and being thankful every day, it’s as simple as that.” We couldn’t agree more!
Oxfam harnesses ‘Hunger Games’
The Star Tribune reports on how Oxfam has launched a campaign around “The Hunger Games” movie to harness philanthropic efforts of the film’s fans. Through the campaign, “Hunger is NOT a Game,” Oxfam encouraged fans bring petitions to the theater to support an Oxfam America food aid project. This is a great example of nonprofits being innovative in their youth outreach approach.