Understanding the depth and diversity of the non-profit and philanthropic sector is no easy task for even the most experienced philanthropist.
This section provides tools and resources for younger family members to get a better sense of the local, regional, national and international philanthropic sector, and their role in it.
Contact your local community foundations
Completing the acitivity: A great way to find out about the local nonprofits in your area is to contact your local community foundations. Set up a meeting with a staff member and your youth and find out how they can start giving now.
Youth Giving Committees
Completing the acitivity: Many Community Foundations and Non-profits have youth giving boards or volunteer committees. Some examples of this are The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana or The Council of Michigan Foundation's youth advisory committees. You may also contact Youth Philanthropy Connect to find what youth philanthropy groups are in your area.
Completing this acitivity: A Giving Community is a peer network of donors generally formed around some shared identity or interest. Giving Communities offer members opportunities for education, community building and peer support. Because of the power dynamics and norms of silence about money, many donors report feeling isolated and alone as they consider their philanthropy – a Giving Community offers a space for donors to move past this isolation and find the support and learning that will help them become engaged and effective givers.