The mission of the Youth Philanthropy Committee is to:
- Educate our youth about philanthropy and the role of philanthropy in the community.
- Enhance the decision making skills of young people.
- Provide a forum for youth interests, needs and problems.
- Commit resources to youth serving programs.
- Involve youth in both volunteerism and philanthropy.
Our vision statement is:
Youth striving to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting education, donating time, and making decisions, which will enhance youth awareness of the benefits of charitable giving.
The Youth Philanthropy Committee’s goals are to:
YPC Members On Philanthropy
The Hamilton Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Committee is made up of 24 area high school students who make recommendations to the Foundation about grants supporting programs to benefit young people in the Butler County area.
In order to make recommendations that best meet the needs and interests of young people, we ask area high school students to assist us by completing our needs assessment. By completing the survey it is a quick way to give your input on important issues facing young people in Butler County and the types of programs you think are needed in the community.
Who We Are
In the Spring of 2005, the Hamilton Community Foundation launched the Youth Philanthropy project. The program was designed to help teach area youth the importance of philanthropy with its primary goal being to teach young people how to raise money for important projects and how to distribute funds to create the greatest impact in the community.
The Youth Philanthropy Committee is responsible for making funding recommendations for grants from the Children’s Home Fund, the Exchange Club Fund, the Stuhlmueller Fund, as well as from unrestricted funds supporting the Foundation’s SummerTime for Kids program.
By involving teens in grantmaking, the Youth Philanthropy Committee, made up of 20-25 area high school students—Badin High School, Hamilton High School, New Miami High School and Ross High School—helps shape tomorrow’s civic leaders. With very little guidance from adult advisors, in just a short time this diverse group has made a huge difference in the lives of teenagers in our community. To date, the Youth Philanthropy Committee has awarded more than $100,000 in grants in support of youth programs in the greater Hamilton area.
Brooke Moran, President
Megan Gonya, Secretary
Katie Larkin, Pub. Relations
Youth Philanthropy Committee Needs Assessment
In order to make recommendations that best meet the needs and interests of young people, we are asking you to help us by filling out an annual survey. This survey is a quick way to give your input on:
- the important issues facing young people in Butler County
- the types of programs you think are needed in the community
- leisure time activities
About Youth Philanthropy Committee Grants
Each year, the Youth Philanthropy Committee is responsible for making grants to non-profit organizations serving the youth in our community.
In 2012, the Youth Philanthropy Committee awarded grants to area nonprofit organizations serving our youth. We are pleased to assist these organizations in their efforts to provide opportunities and make an impact the lives of the area young people.
And many other organizations making a difference in the lives of our youth!
The Youth Philanthropy Committee assists nonprofit organizations as they help young people in our community.
Youth Philanthropy Committee Membership
The Youth Philanthropy Committee is composed of 20-25 youth from area high schools including Badin High School, Hamilton High School, New Miami High School and Ross High School. There is also one adult staff advisor and 5 adults in an advisory support role. We recruit and select new members annually to replace graduating seniors.
Students who participate in the Youth Philanthropy Committee learn to:
- Research community issues and needs affecting young people
- Plan and conduct meetings effectively
- Make decisions based on teamwork and group consensus
- Evaluate the merits of grants
- Make decisions to approve or decline grant proposals
The Youth Philanthropy Committee meets monthly during the school day typically at the Michael J.Colligan Lodge at Veterans Park. Various subcommittees meet as needed.
Youth Philanthropy Committee Alumni Association
The Youth Philanthropy Alumni Association was created to help re-connect the Youth Philanthropy Committee Alumni to the Community Foundation and to each other.
If you are a former Youth Philanthropy member, click on the link below to fill out the data form. We’re seeking to collect current mailing and email addresses and phone numbers of all YPC Alumni. We’re also asking for information on graduation year and high school, information on experiences since high school, parents mailing addresses and phone numbers.
We hope to create mentorship opportunities and other beneficial connections for our YPC Alumni. The Alumni Association could also serve to provide Alumni with opportunities to attend reunions and to participate in volunteer work and philanthropy in the greater Hamilton area again.
The Alumni Association would be beneficial for current Youth Philanthropy Committee members too. For instance, current YPC members could look to Alumni for advice and information on college or volunteer opportunities post high school. They might also be able to participate in joint volunteer activities in conjunction with YPC Alumni.