For youth by youth: The art versus science of grantmaking
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:
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.
Danielle LaJoie is a senior at the University of Michigan and will graduate in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science. She currently serves on the Council of Michigan Foundations Board of Trustees and as their 2017 Mawby Intern. In the past, Danielle has worked as a Family Foundations Intern at CMF, a Fellow at Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC), an intern at NCFP, and an intern at the Battle Creek Community Foundation. As a youth philanthropist, Danielle was a member of the Battle Creek Community Foundation YAC, Co-Chair of the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee, YPC Leadership Team member, and a Foundation Center youthgiving.org Advisory Committee member.
Ashley Naomi Rodriguez found her love for helping and improving her community when she joined Youth Funding Youth Ideas - a philanthropy program located in San Francisco - at the age of 16. She started as a Program Officer and is now a Senior Peer Supervisor. She is 20 years old and is currently a junior at San Francisco State University studying Child Development with a focus on youth work. She is a huge animal lover and is very passionate about social justice and youth leadership.
Christine Reeves Strigaro is the Associate Director of Foundation Programs for Alliance for Justice. She creates content to explore the question: “How can foundations be advocates, with grantmaking and beyond?” Previously, she was the Senior Field Associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Christine was also a grantmaker for the Funding Exchange Network, during its final year of grantmaking. Currently, she serves as Treasurer and Finance Chair on the national board of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She also serves on Independent Sector's NGen Advisory Committee and Divest Invest Philanthropy’s Planning Committee.
Jillian Wu is a junior at Lick Wilmerding High School. She is currently a youth philanthropist and Program Officer for BLING (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving), a youth philanthropy group that stresses youth leadership and youth helping youth. She has been a part of BLING for a year and a half now, just kicking off her fourth semester as a youth philanthropist. She is a first year member of Youth Philanthropy Connect and the DCYF (Department of Children, Youth, and their Families) Youth Advisory Council. She is also serving her first term on the San Francisco Youth Commission.
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