Nominate a Volunteer for the Jefferson Awards

Help the Jefferson Awards for Public Service nominate a local "Unsung Hero" or a deserving individual for a national award. Nominations are accepted year-round. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America on two levels, national and local. The awards began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service and are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities. For more information, videos, and to nominate a volunteer visit the Jefferson Awards page on the WRTV Channel Six website.


Youth on Board Conference and Retreat

The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and Youth Philanthropy Connect are excited to announce the 2nd Annual "Youth on Board" conference and retreat, at Disneyland, July 13-15, 2012. Online registration is now open, and the foundation's staff, trustees, and YPC teen leaders are ready to provide answers to any questions you may have. Last summer, several family foundations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations teamed up for an experimental educational event for youth, trustees, and staff. This summer, we invite you to an even bigger and better event, where participants will:

  • Be inspired and connect with philanthropic youth, ages 8-24, and their adult advisors
  • Share best practices and hear from youth philanthropy thought leaders and experts
  • Attend sessions in grantmaking, careers in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, junior board models, and experiential learning labs
  • Spend time in both the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks

Please visit the Youth On Board Conference website for more conference details and events!


Why Millennials are the Perfect Donor

This article, by youth philanthropist Liz Braden, is part of the Re: Philanthropy blog located on the Council on Foundations website. To read the entire article click here.

In my humble opinion, Millennials bring together all of the aspects of a perfect donor. I have seen Millennials do some amazing things by giving their time, talents, and resources to others and to causes they believe in. Below are the three reasons that Millennials are the perfect donor.

  1. Dollar by Dollar
    First, Millennials give dollar by dollar. Millennials are perfect donors because they will give what they can give, even if that’s simply the change in their pockets and they understand the impact that $1 can have.
  2. Friends, friends, friends
    Second, Millennials are perfect donors because they have friends – I know shocking statement. Millennials utilize sharing functions on many nonprofit or fundraising sites (i.e. One Day’s Wages, DonorsChoose, Building Tomorrow) to tell their friends about causes.
  3. They care… a whole freakin lot.
    Finally, and this is pretty clear in the first two but worth saying a billion more times, Millennials CARE about their causes.


Philanthropy and Small Business: A Win-Win Situation

If you are a youth philanthropy program or council seeking funds from local small businesses, consider the facts from this article by Mary Rosenbaum featured by the Fox Business Small Business Center. A study conducted by Cone Inc. in 2010 found that 90% of consumers (about 278 million people) want to know what cause your business supports. A whopping 79% of consumers would switch to a brand associated with a good cause and 83% wish more of the products and services they purchase and retailers they use would support causes. Next time you appeal to local businesses to support your program, considering sharing the findings from this article. By supporting local causes such as youth philanthropy programs, your local businesses could see an increase in sales while giving back to the community!


Mark Your Calendars

Strengthening Communities Through Youth Philanthropy

YPII will host a session as the GIFT conference on April 26th in Indianapolis. The session, Strengthening Communities Through Youth Philanthropy, will explore how to tap into a younger generation by using youth perspectives and their innovative thinking as a fresh resource to enrich your community. Hear from a panel of speakers on how partnering with youth serving community organizations and youth philanthropy programs can help build the future of your foundation. For more information please contact Jill Gordon at (317) 630-5200 ext. 116 or

YPII/Gift Conference 2012

Save the date to attend the 2012 YPII/GIFT conference at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 25th. More details to come.

February 2012
In This Issue
Nominate a Volunteer for the Jefferson Awards
Youth on Board Conference and Retreat
Why Millennials are the Perfect Donor
Philanthropy and Small Business: A Win-Win Situation
Mark Your Calendars
I Want To...
Find a YP Program
Find a YP Resource
Become a YP Ambassador
Read the latest E-Chronicle
Find out about YP Trainings
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