Youth Philanthropy

We help foster Indiana’s next generation of philanthropists.

IPA offers guidance on effective youth philanthropy by providing consultation, resources, and learning opportunities for adults and youth. We encourage organizations to integrate our four pillars of effective youth philanthropy: Serving, Giving, Leading, Engaging. For youth philanthropy technical assistance contact Julie Markland

COVID-19 Resources for Youth & Youth Workers

IPA has compiled a resource sheet to aid conversations and help guide the important work of supporting youth through this global pandemic. 


Resources for Youth & Adults 

Key Components of a Successful Youth Philanthropy Program

  • Philanthropy Education/Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Grantmaking and/or Annual Giving of Funds for Community Needs
  • Community Service
  • Civic Engagement
  • Encouragement of Personal Giving
  • Fundraising Events and Activities
  • Development of Youth and Adult Partnerships

Who Benefits from Youth Philanthropy

  • Foundations (Community, Family, Private, Corporate)
  • Families and Youth
  • Youth-serving Organizations
  • Schools
  • United Ways
  • Civic/Community Organizations
  • Congregations/Faith-based Organizations
  • Community Leaders

Youth Philanthropy Develops Life Skills

  • Decision-Making and Critical-Thinking Skills
  • Awareness of Non-profit Organizations
  • Grantmaking  Experience
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Teamwork and Understanding Group Dynamics
  • Facilitation and Organizational Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Fundraising and Personal Giving