Youth Philanthropy Program

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Youth Philanthropy Program is designed to help high school students develop personal and professional skills needed by the next generation of community leaders. With staff support, students form a leadership committee to review grant proposals and make funding decisions. They learn about local issues affecting Whatcom County and distribute funding that benefits environmentally focused organizations. 
Funding for youth grant making comes from an endowment started by two high school seniors who biked more than 1,200 miles around Washington State to raise funds intended to introduce youth in our community to the concept of charitable giving.

Together they raised $14,324.31 and gifted it to the Whatcom Community Foundation to start an endowment for youth philanthropy focused on the environment.

As of December 2017, youth philanthropy committee members helped grow the permanent endowment to over $56,000 and has awarded grants totaling $30,330 to support thirteen local projects.  Click here for the list of funded projects. YPP Award Listing.2017

Funding decisions are made by the youth philanthropy committee in February with grants awarded in March.

Youth Philanthropy Program:

  • Develops soft skills such as; leadership, public speaking, critical thinking and decision making
  • Expands nonprofit development skills including; fundraising techniques, budget analysis, grant making review process
  • Fosters interest in supporting nonprofits in the future- generates a philanthropic nature
  • Builds student confidence – knowing they have the ability to make an impact
  • Encourages teamwork while building consensus with a diverse community of student leaders
  • Engages 10-15 high school students from Whatcom County.  
  • This program runs from January – March with members meeting an average of six times.

 To learn more about this program contact Pamela at 360.671.6463 or email @

The Youth Philanthropy Program continues to grow thanks to donors like you. If you are interested in supporting this program, donate today here: Advance Youth Philanthropy