Program Resource

Growing Lifelong Philanthropists

Publication date: 
December, 2019

Explore ways foundations are supporting the growth of lifelong philanthropists through youth programming and next-gen engagement.

Featuring staff from the Greater Houston Community Foundation and William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, this webinar shares different ways to engage youth—from birth to young adulthood—along their philanthropic journey.

The Greater Houston Community Foundation takes a multi-generational approach to its philanthropy through two initiatives: Family Meetings and Family Giving Circles, involving families with students in grades 7-12. From educational deep dives into a selected issue on Family Philanthropy Day, to site visits and grantmaking, youth are exposed to the operations of the foundation, building sustainability for its future donors.

The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation is a family foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, with a philosophy that family members should be involved “from birth.” The foundation involves youth by including them in virtual and in-person site visits; through recognition of service awards, grantmaking, and biannual convenings; and through a next-gen gathering. They are also exploring opportunities to engage next-gen leaders through college and beyond.


  • Varied methods and approaches to involving youth in the grantmaking process.
  • Insight into the benefits of giving the reins over to youth leaders.
  • Challenges in engaging young adults after high school.

Featured Speakers

  • Jennifer Touchet, Vice President of Personal & Family Philanthropy and Allison Hale, Philanthropic Services Associate, Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • Marlene Corrado, Program Officer, Communications & NextGen Engagement, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation