In Fall 2016, YPC started a strategic plan with insights from you. As a network, YPC knows our biggest asset is those serving youth philanthropists and the youth themselves– — that’s you! Thank you for all you bring to your leadership and the change you make in the community. Below are talking points and FAQ’s about the YPC strategic plan. We need your help and leadership to make this strategic plan happen. First, share this plan with your community (and let us know what you hear!), and we promise to be in touch along the way with many more opportunities!
YPC Strategic Plan Basics:
As a staff team at Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC) and in partnership with our youth and adult advisors and board, we heard from the field that there was more support needed for the movement and from YPC. In Fall 2016, after five years of service, YPC embarked on a strategic planning process and network-wide listening tour with participants of all ages. YPC is excited to share our draft strategic plan with you to get your insights and ideas.
- To start the strategic plan in 2017, YPC is streamlining activities to support our big steps: scaling work with branding of youth philanthropy, convening folks around evaluation, hiring an Executive Director, and moving into a more long-term fiscal sponsorship.
- YPC’s goal is to stay small and nimble, working through partnerships and leveraging the network’s leadership and assets.
- This will be a process—there is a lot to accomplish and we need help at many steps along the way. First, share this message and our strategic plan with your community. Much of the programming many know from YPC will continue like our graduate assistantships, fellowships, and youth leadership team— and supporting youth from all different backgrounds.
- Annie, Katherine, Brea, and the staff and board of YPC and Frieda C. Fox want to hear your questions and ideas! As an organization founded and inspired by youth, YPC wants ideas from partners at all ages—youth especially!
Q: What is YPC?
A: Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC) connects youth philanthropists (ages 8-21) and the adults who support them to each other, program resources, and learning opportunities. Founded in 2011 as a special program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, YPC was founded by youth who have guided and driven the project, work, and mission. YPC’s founding audience is the nearly 500 youth philanthropy programs nationally in families, family foundations, nonprofits, and community foundations who fuel this movement. The youth making these decisions are as diverse as their grantees, coming from all backgrounds, income levels, and across the United States (and the world). See Foundation Center’s YouthGiving.org for a map of grants data and program list.
Q: Why is YPC doing this? What does this gain the movement?
A: The strategic plan identified important successes of YPC to build on and additional needs for the youth philanthropy movement that are not yet addressed. Staffing-wise YPC will remain small, but YPC’s team has been stretched in what YPC can afford to do with our current legal structure, budget, and staffing. YPC will become the “home” of the movement, and there will be more opportunities to be involved and to better serve the movement.
Q: Where can I see the strategic plan?
A: The strategic plan is available here!
Q: What is a fiscal sponsor? Why does YPC need one?
A: A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit who helps projects like YPC accept funds restricted for the project. Most fiscal sponsors are 501(c)(3) public charities so they can accept money from nearly every type of donor. Right now, as a part of a family foundation, some other foundations need to do extra work to give to YPC or they cannot give to YPC because of internal or IRS rules. Fiscal sponsors also help with accepting donations, administration, and bookkeeping so projects can focus their time on the important programmatic needs. YPC has a fiscal agent for the short-term and is identifying a long-term relationship. To learn more about this concept, check out the Fiscal Sponsor Directory.
Q: How will the relationship between Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and YPC change?
A: For now, YPC employees and all our assets belong to the Foundation. Eventually, YPC will be a separate project with assets held by the fiscal sponsor and a YPC advisory board (to be formed). This allows more separation for accounting and fundraising. Frieda C. Fox Foundation has been a trusted partner and will continue as a funder of the work with membership as part of the advisory board. This is a big process that won’t happen overnight—it will take 2 to 3 years.
Q: What does YPC need money for? Is YPC’s fundraising going to compete with youth philanthropy programs?
A: YPC has historically raised funds for our conferences and regional events to offset the cost of the event to make it more affordable for youth and adults to attend. New fundraising will support the strategic plan goals to better serve the network and efforts that help those across the movement. YPC does not want to compete with youth philanthropy program fundraising; YPC will connect funders to those best working in areas of their interest. YPC’s goal is to stay small and nimble, working through partnerships and leveraging the network’s leadership and assets.
Q: When will YPC have YPC’s Executive Director? What will this person do for YPC and the movement?
A: The current hiring goal is for late summer or early fall 2017 start. This process will include the diverse representation of YPC. YPC’s network has incredible young leaders, program alumni,, and adults across the country. YPC plans to engage all of these leaders in promoting the position and ensuring a hire representative of the network.
Q: How can someone get involved to share their work or support the strategic plan?
A: The strategic plan is more work than YPC could ever do alone—and it is intended to be activated through the network. The YPC team is happy to talk directly about the work, interests in funding, or joining the future board. Shorter-term, YPC will be convening a working group to discuss evaluation of youth philanthropy programs. Every summer, YPC opens opportunities for our youth leadership team (ages 12-21) and fellowship roles (college students). Reach out to Team YPC here to discuss more!