For youth by youth: The art versus science of grantmaking

Monday, April 13, 2015, 08:00 PM until 09:00 PM EST
60 minutes
Webinar Replay
Who should attend

Youth engaged in family philanthropy, ages 12-21, and adults interested in hearing youth perspectives and learning tips for how best to engage them.


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. So, how do you decide how to give?

In this session, you will learn some ideas about the art (stories about what recipients appreciate from funders) and the science (measurable trends from across the country) of philanthropy. We will also explore “The Golden Rule” of the art and science of philanthropy: how do we treat our neighbors (or funding recipients) as we treat ourselves, so that we can best help them do what they do best? We will also use some fun games and thought-exercises to get your artistic and scientist juices flowing!  NOTE: Please download our special discussion guide for youth with adults for this session.

You may also access the document, "Words to give by" as referenced in the webinar, here

Also be sure to check out other sessions in this special youth webinar series:

March 29th: Family foundations from a youth perspective

April 26th: Meeting with your peers

May 11th: Your voice. Your world. Building your capacity to ignite change

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What participants said:

NCFP consistently and brilliantly presents the very best education to family foundations and donor advisor funders. Though I actively participate in educational opportunities with many organizations in the philanthropic center it is those offered by NCFP that drill deeper into issues, savor the nuances of family grantmaking and produce products that motivate and inspire in an all embracing understanding of families and the dynamics that challenge them.

Shirley Fredricks, Board Member, The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

The Family Philanthropy Webinar series is a wonderful resource, allowing us to "attend" sessions from all over and to share materials with other members of our foundation. The transcripts of the sessions are also a valuable resource. Thank you for these Webinars.

Sukey Garcetti, Secretary/Treasurer, Roth Family Foundation
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