Youth Philanthropy Project
Youth Philanthropy Project 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 October 2020, youth philanthropy committee members helped grow the permanent endowment to over $110,000 and awarded grants totaling $65,000 to support twenty-nine local projects.
The Youth Philanthropy Project continues to grow thanks to donors like you.