Youth Philanthropy Board

What is the Youth Philanthropy Board?

A two-year youth education and leadership program designed to teach the art, science, and business of community philanthropy to the next generation by using the new learning paradigm of the Three Pillars of Philanthropy:

  1. Creating Community Impact - This program provides teens with an opportunity to make an impact in the community both by learning how community philanthropy works and by making the critical and often difficult decisions on resource allocation for the purpose of doing good.
  2. Vitalizing Donor Engagement - This program provides teens and young adults with opportunities and experiences to hone their skills in development, communication and stewardship at the individual, foundation and corporate levels. 
  3. Building Strategic Volunteerism - This program provides training and experience in recognizing and seizing opportunities to proactively address these felt needs where they exist.

The program runs during the school year from September to May with meetings once a month. It is a two-year commitment for juniors who attend the program.

Junior Curriculum Objectives

The major themes of the junior year, drawn from the Three Pillars of Philanthropy, are focused on Creating Community Capacity and Building Strategic Volunteerism.
The learning components include curriculum on:

  • The basics of philanthropy
  • Nonprofit sector giving and economic impact
  • Principles of endowment
  • Understanding financial markets social enterprise practices
  • Strategic volunteerism
  • Measuring program impact
  • Conducting organization site visits
  • Consensus building skills for reaching funding decisions 

Senior Curriculum Objectives

The major themes of the senior year, drawn from the Three Pillars of Philanthropy, are focused on Vitalizing Donor Engagement and continuing Building Strategic Volunteerism.
The learning components include curriculum on:

  • The basics of donor development
  • Communication and marketing
  • The paradigm of donor affinity/capacity
  • Campaign pyramid strategies
  • Developing an effective case for support
  • Major gift solicitations
  • Deferred giving
  • Event management
  • Donor stewardship

Both Junior and Senior cohorts conclude with a public, end-of-program year capstone ceremony in the community.

So how do you become a changemaker?

The application is a two-step process:

  1. Apply at the link below!
  2. Meet with program leaders for a personal interview!





Youth Philanthropy Board Grant

The Youth Philanthropy Board's grant program is designed to assist programs that provide innovative support and encourage better choices to youth in the Hall County area.

The Youth Philanthropy Board reviews requests annually and awards grants up to $20,000 based on the project and the availability of funds. Please read through all of the eligibility and requirement information below to determine whether or not your organization is qualified to submit an application. 


Youth Philanthropy Board Grant applications will be accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations (or have a designated fiscal agent who is).

Organizations may only apply once per 12 month period, and, if prior funding has been received, a final grant evaluation must be completed and accepted prior to applying for any additional funding.

Grants for the following purposes will NOT be considered: 
  • To individuals
  • Religious or political purposes
  • Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives
  • Fundraising event sponsorships or creation of fundraising event collateral materials
  • Programs that create an indefinite, long-term commitment by the Youth Philanthropy Board
  • Requests for additional funding for projects that have already been approved and funded
  • For ongoing projects and programs, applicants must address funding for maintenance and operations
  • Incomplete requests


The Youth Philanthropy Board has one standard application for all grant requests. Only complete applications with all questions answered and required attachments will be reviewed by our Board of Trustees. No handwritten, faxed, or emailed proposals will be accepted. 

In order to be considered, your proposal would have to demonstrate that the following requirements are met:

1. Youth directly benefit from the program or project. Preference will be given to organizations that provide innovative support to youth by:

  •      Helping to alleviate drug and alcohol abuse
  •      Encouraging peer to peer (youth to youth) education/mentoring
  •      Providing Mental Health support to youth
  •      Providing safe activities for youth.

2. Youth are involved in planning, organizing and implementing the proposed program or project.

3. A learning component exists, beyond the project itself, which provides The Youth Philanthropy Board students with specific knowledge about the purpose and activities of your organization.

In addition to providing information about your organization and the project and/or program you are seeking funding for, you will be required to attach the following documents: 

  • IRS Form 990 for your most recently completed fiscal year
  • Audited financial statements for your most recently completed year
  • A list of your board of directors that includes their name, office held, contact information, business affiliation, and board term dates
  • Your organization's current operating budget
  • Most recent IRS Letter confirming your organization's tax-exempt status, if applicable
  • Your organization's most recent annual report, if available
  • Any additional documents (brochures, pictures, articles, etc.) you feel will help our understanding of your program and/or project


In order to be considered for funding, completed grant applications must be submitted by 1 p.m. on January 20th, 2020.

When the 20th falls on either a Saturday or Sunday, grant applications will be due by 1 p.m. on the following Monday. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline and access to the online grant application is closed promptly at 1 p.m. Grants and all supporting documents submitted become property of the Youth Philanthropy Board. 


Application period closed