Jared Heddinger is originally from Battle Creek Michigan. From 2012 to 2014 he began his philanthropy journey by serving on the Battle Creek Community Foundation’s (BCCF) Youth Alliance Committee (YAC). He then joined Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Project MCFYP in 2013 to plan a yearly summer conference for youth grant makers on YAC’s across the state of Michigan. In 2014, he also joined Youth Philanthropy Connect to further help the philanthropic scene across multiple areas. Jared is currently a Freshman at the University of Michigan. 


For Youth by Youth: the Art Versus Science of Grantmaking

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Ashley Rodriguez, Christine Reeves Strigaro, Danielle LaJoie, Jared Heddinger, Jillian Wu

Sculpture, music, dance… those are arts. Chemistry, biology, physics… those are sciences. But, what’s philanthropy? And who are you, the philanthropist? Well, you’re both an artist and a scientist. Plus, you’re a part the long history of giving; people have been giving for centuries, in every country, at every income level, and in so many directions. … Read More