Please see our Want to Apply page for open grant processes.  Grants made in 2016 will be posted as available.


In 2015, the Foundation supported local nonprofit educational organizations as well as our partners with grants to expand knowledge sharing and growth in the field of youth philanthropy. Through our YPC Partnership grants, YPC Giving Circle grants, Junior Board Collaborative and Individual grants, and the new Youth Innovation in Action Grant program we awarded more than $200,000 to 36 different organizations.


YPC Partnership Grants

21/64, 445 Park Avenue Suite 16A New York, NY 10022

$25,000 to complete the development and distribution of rolePLAY, a new tool, using play therapy principles, designed to facilitate intergenerational conversations between those in family foundations and other organizations.

Exponent Philanthropy, 1720 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

$14,500 to support the development of adult education and online webinars for the philanthropic community in conjunction with the Teen Philanthropy Café Readers.

The Foundation Center, 32 Old Slip 24th Floor, New York, NY 10005

$75,000 to build an online, curated information hub for youth grantmaking (www.youthgiving.org).


YPC Giving Circle Grants

Bacon Street Youth and Family Services, 247 McLaws Circle Williamsburg, VA 23185

$1,250 to develop a Youth Advisory Council consisting of middle and high school aged youth who will receive leadership training and participate in the strategic planning process of the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula, 364 McLaws Circle Suite 2 Williamsburg, VA 23185

$1,250 to support the Youth Leadership Initiative which encourages youth to create projects in their schools to help teach other students important skills.

College Mentors for Kids, 212 West 10th St. Suite B260 Indianapolis, IN 46202

$850 for the Leadership & Service Initiative to support the training and development of the program’s college student volunteers at their National Conference.

Dream Catchers Therapeutic Horsemanship, PO Box 1261 Williamsburg, VA 23187

$2,500 to support the Youth Advisory Committee in developing a Youth Leadership Training curriculum for participating youth.

Jameson Camp, Inc., 2001 Bridgeport Road Indianapolis, IN 46231

$750 to support the Counselors in Training for the junior (ages 7-9) summer overnight camp session.

Joseph Maley Foundation Inc., PO Box 681010 Indianapolis, IN 46268

$1,625 to support the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe which trains 8th graders to use child-size puppets to spread the message of acceptance and compassion by presenting short skits and facilitating question and answer sessions from Pre-K to 6th grade students in schools.

Marion Country Commission on Youth, 3901 N. Meridian St. Suite 201 Indianapolis, IN 46208

$150 to support the Youth Empowerment Team to plan, implement, and facilitate the annual Youth Forum #We’reJustSayin.

ProACT Community Partnerships (Pro Community Partnership), 5334 Fallwood Drive #101 Indianapolis, IN 46220

$1,625 to support Project Greater Than Me which engages youth managing service projects for personal and community development, and learning new perspectives, skills, and values.

TeamChild, 1225 S. Weller Street Suite 420 Seattle, WA 98144

$1,250 to support the organization’s activities to improve outcomes for court involved youth.

The Mockingbird Society, 2100 24th Ave S Suite 240 Seattle, WA 98144

$1,250 to support the Chapter Leadership Teams which consist of youth who conduct outreach and plan annual events including Youth Advocacy Day.

Youth Communication, 242 W. 38th St. New York, NY 10018

$2,500 to support the Intensive Summer Writing Program for teens to improve their literacy, social-emotional, and workplace skills while expressing themselves creatively.


Junior Board Collaborative Grant: Life & Leadership Ready

24th St. Theatre, 1117 West 24th Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

$3,250 for the Leadership Academy which gives students the opportunity to be mentored by theater staff and become student teachers in the After ‘Cool program.

A Place Called Home, 2830 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90011

$3,000 to support the Bridge to the Future program which provides college preparation, life skills courses, mentoring, and other services for high school age youth at A Place Called Home.

Bright Prospect, 1460 East Holt Avenue Suite 74 Pomona, CA 91767

$3,000 to support the Professional Development Week for high school and college students to help prepare them for the workplace.

Davenport Resource Service Center, 406 Main Street Suite 207 Watsonville, CA 95076

$2,500 to support the teen center which is open year-round and provides a safe place for teens to congregate and access community resources.

Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc., 2701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90057

$4,000 to support the leadership programming for youth which includes peer mentoring, service activities, facilitation, and internships.

Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1625 N. Schrader Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

$5,000 to support the Life Works program and the Models of Pride yearly youth conference designed, led, and attended by 1,200 youth.

Mar Vista Family Center, 5075 South Slauson Avenue Culver City, CA 90230

$5,000 to support the By Youth For Youth program which includes tutoring, college preparation, a youth board, and leadership training through job opportunities.

No Limits Theater Group, Inc., 9801 Washington Boulevard 2nd Floor Culver City, CA 90232

$3,000 to support the year-long intensive leadership program for deaf and hard of hearing middle and high school students at the No Limits Educational Center.

Project GRAD Los Angeles, 10200 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 255 Mission Hills, CA 91345

$3,000 to support the college readiness initiative and summer institutes through which high school students attend daily college classes at local community colleges.

Project Tomorrow, 15707 Rockfield Blvd. Suite 330 Irvine, CA 92618

$3,000 to support the planning and execution of the Mock High School Day during which middle school students attend high school classes taught by current high school students.

South Central Scholars Foundation, 29000 S. Western Ave. Suite 401 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

$3,000 for the career development and mentoring program which includes career readiness events, workshops, seminars, and internships with partner corporations.

SparkLA, 145 South Spring Street, Suite 410 Los Angeles, CA 90012

$3,500 to support the middle school apprenticeship program through which middle school students are matched with mentors in different sectors for a semester and use the experience to create and present an innovative project or business idea to the community.

Trash for Teaching, 12815 S Western Ave. Gardena, CA 90249

$5,000 to support the new student advisory board who will participate in year-long series of leadership skills building activities and serve as a voice to the executive board.

United Friends of the Children, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1955 Los Angeles, CA 90017

$3,750 to support the College Readiness Program which helps to prepares youth in foster care to attain higher education.

Youth Mentoring Connection, 1818 South Western Avenue, Suite 505 Los Angeles, CA 90006

$5,000 to support the mentoring program which serves youth ages 18+ who have “aged out” of traditional services.

Youth Speak Collective, 444 S. Brand Blvd. #201 San Fernando, CA 91340

$5,000 to support the program’s Youth Council which is a student led service program that includes targeted learning in topics on education, professional preparation, and personal identity and development.


Junior Board Individual Grants

9 Dots Community Learning Center, 931 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038

$2,000 to support the comprehensive STEM afterschool program for elementary and middle school students in Hollywood, CA.

24th St. Theatre Company, 1117 West 24th Street Los Angeles, CA 90007

$4,000 for general operating support of their multiple youth theater programs.

Santa Cruz Writes, 400 Encinal Santa Cruz, CA 95060

$2,000 to the Young Writers Program which works with students in grades 4-12 to build their writing skills and confidence.

The Outdoor School, 2680 Highway 154 Santa Barbara, CA 93105

$2,000 for a specialized wheelchair to allow students with disabilities to participate in the outdoor exploration programs.

United Friends of the Children, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1955 Los Angeles, CA 90017

$2,000 for general operating support of the College Readiness Program which helps to prepares youth in foster care to attain higher education.


Youth Innovation in Action Grant

Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90044

$25,000 to support the South Central Youth Empowered through Action youth program. SCYEA has trained high school leaders for the last two decades to push through reforms that disrupt the “school to prison pipeline”. Their student organized campaigns have increased access and equity for students in South LA schools.


EMG Enterprise, P.O. Box 561338 Los Angeles, CA 90056

$15,000 to support the youth of the Media Arts Center at Augustus Hawkins High School as they create and maintain the “Where Do I Belong?” project, a platform for information, storytelling, and support for undocumented students on their journey to become documented U.S. citizens.


In 2014, the Foundation supported local nonprofit educational organizations as well as our partners with strategic grants for projects to support and expand the field of youth philanthropy. Through our partnership grants, Junior Board Collaborative Grant, Junior Board Individual Grants, and Youth Philanthropy Connect, we awarded more than $200,000 to 22 different organizations.

Partnership Grants:

21/64 (rolePlay tool development)

Children’s Nature Institute (Education by Nature)

Environmental Volunteers

Environmental Education Funders Collaborative

Exponent Philanthropy (Teen Philanthropy Cafe Reader development)

Foundation Center (Scan of Youth Philanthropy Landscape)

National Center for Family Philanthropy  (youth philanthropy resource development)


Junior Board Collaborative Grants:

9 Dots


No Limits

Side Street Projects


Two Bit Circus

Venice Arts

Woodcraft Rangers

Youth Mentoring Action Network


Junior Board Individual Grants:

Digital Nest

Green Planet Films Curiosity Quest

No Limits

North Coast Teen Center

The Food Project

Youth Mentoring Action Network


Youth Philanthropy Connect Mini-Grants:

Bright Prospect

$1,000 to support their peer support structure called Crews®, which are small groups of students with trained peer leaders that form in high school and continue through college. The funds supported the monthly Crews® leader trainings that allow them to help their Crew members.

Children’s Nature Institute

$250.00 to support “Project Feeder Watch” a 6-month citizen science project where Youth Advisory Board members work with the families and students of CNI to set up a bird-friendly habitat, collect scientific data, and submit the data to a national registry.

Hands for Hope

$750 for the Youth Leaders Program which is a special program offered to teen students who are taking the initiative and volunteering their time to mentor younger students.

Venice Arts

$1,000 for the Young Artists Leadership Council, a program including Youth Art interns and advanced students from Venice Arts who are matched with an Artist mentor, assist in programs, and provide feedback and ideas on youth programs to the staff.

Youth Speak! Collective

$500 for the Youth Council’s Womyn’s Circle to produce the 3rd Annual Womyn’s Empowerment Conference, a one-day youth conference for 100 young women focused on leadership development through topical workshops on issues including gender, sexuality, college readiness, and community involvement.

YPC’s 2014 partnership with The National Center for Family Philanthropy will feature a number of development opportunities, including the YPC East Coast Gathering following NCFP’s National Forum on Philanthropy, a Youth Webinar Series featuring youth-friendly webinars,increased involvement by NCFP at YPC’s Annual Conference, and the development of additional resources building off the Igniting the Spark Issue Brief and Next Gen Boards project.

YPC’s partnership with the Exponent Philanthropy, formerly the Association of Small Foundations, will include ASF’s participation at our Annual Conference facilitating programming and bringing representatives from their Next Gen Fellows program to offer mentorship. ASF will also be working with YPC to produce joint content, increasing the number of age-appropriate resources available to small foundations wanting to engage and develop young philanthropists.

We are so excited to be working with these three organizations over the course of the next year!  Stay tuned for more information! We are also very pleased to continue the transition support through 2014 of Education by Nature through grants to Children’s Nature Institute and Environmental Volunteers. Additional grants will be added once made throughout the year.


The Foundation completed its 10th year of educational programming grants. It continued to experience growth of implementations of the Education by Nature program and transitioned the project to long-time partner and grantee, The Children’s Nature Institute. The Foundation also began investing more deeply in youth philanthropy, through its special project Youth Philanthropy Connect. They employed a full-time Director of Youth Philanthropy and hosted the 3rd Annual Youth Philanthropy Connect conference and developed the Igniting the Spark resources on next gen boards in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

Grantees Included:

  • Bay Area Urban League (Oakland, CA)
  • Bright Prospect (Pomona, CA)
  • Children’s Nature Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Dramatic Results (Signal Hill, CA)
  • Environmental Volunteers (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Inner City Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Kidpower (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • State of CA Department of Education- STEM Office (Sacramento, CA)
  • MOUSE Squad of California (South San Francisco, CA)
  • Museum Foundation Pacific Grove
  • Museum Institute for Teaching Science (Quincy, MA)
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (San Jose, CA)
  • Our Public School (Helotes, TX)
  • Treepeople (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • University Foundation- CSU Chico (Chico, CA)
  • Venice Arts (Venice, CA)

The Foundation continued to meet the increased needs of our nonprofit partners during the economic recovery. For the first time, the foundation offered two grant cycles for challenge grants, responding to our nonprofit partners’ description of their common need to broaden their funding base and engage new and lapsed individual donors. In addition, we increased our work with nonprofit partners who collaborate through the Education by Nature projects. We seed-funded these projects in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Hawaii, and promoted collaboration and this collaborative model nationally. The Foundation funded the redesign of the software platform used in these collaboratives, and provided (at no cost) to prospective partners across the country the 2.0 version with improved usability and new features based on the “wish lists” of the nonprofits advancing this work. The foundation also ran shared marketing projects of valuable grant resources, including the creation of video documentaries, grantee websites and shared file workspaces, social media projects, activities at three national conferences on behalf of grantees, convenings and other special events that disseminated promising practices especially in youth philanthropy, and significant work with collaboratives and strategic partners in public school education.

Grantee Highlight:

In 2012-2013, the foundation underwrote “Solutions in Education” on NPR affiliate KUSP. The project highlights successful efforts to improve education as seen here: http://blogs.kusp.org/education/

More Information on Past Grants:

Stay in the know and sign up for our FREE newsletter featuring the latest in Youth Philanthropy news and upcoming events

Register for Grant Alert Notifications by clicking here.