Meet Catherine Maeve Gorey: Taking the Philanthropic World by Storm

By |2016-10-20T15:13:38+00:00April 29th, 2016|

Catherine Maeve Gorey wants to be involved in giving for the rest of her life. The 16-year-old Junior at Darien High School in Darien, CT has been engaged in the Youth Community Fund of Darien and the Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team for the past year. The Youth Community Fund of Darien’s goal is to [...]

Meet Gordon Phung: Advocating From the Heart

By |2016-05-31T19:25:15+00:00April 29th, 2016|

Growing up, Gordon Phung was affected by social issues—he just didn’t know it. It wasn’t until his freshman year of high school when he joined Youth Funding Youth Ideas (YFYI)—a San Francisco-based youth philanthropy program that funds $100,000 of youth-led community projects annually—when Phung learned the technicalities of the gentrification and immigration injustices his family [...]

Meet Kylie Semel: A Leadership Team Member Who’s Been There Since the Beginning

By |2016-03-29T19:58:50+00:00March 29th, 2016|

When Kylie Semel was 11 years old, she, her sister, and her cousins had an idea. As a member of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation’s Junior Board, she wanted to meet other youth grantmakers that were doing the same thing as her. She and fellow Junior Board member Katie Marcus-Reker had met with youth [...]

Meet Lexi Laginess: A Professional Philanthropist in the Making

By |2016-03-29T17:15:46+00:00March 29th, 2016|

Everything that Lexi Laginess does has to do with serving others—whether it be student government and national honors society at school or her work with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Michigan or the Bedford Community Foundation. A senior at Bedford Senior High School in Temperance, Michigan, Laginess has been involved in the Bedford Community Foundation’s [...]

Why July Cannot Come Fast Enough

By |2016-04-29T19:16:16+00:00March 16th, 2016|

By Magdalen Sullivan, Youth Philanthropy Connect Fellow and member of the Tracy Family Foundation I’ve only been to Disney once before. The park is a magical place for anyone, but especially a 5-year-old. Leading up to the trip, I couldn’t wait to go on the rides, meet my favorite characters, and see the stories I [...]

Brendan Adams: A Philanthropist Planning for His Future Impact

By |2016-02-26T14:16:18+00:00February 25th, 2016|

Brendan Adam’s great Uncle’s ranch struck oil overnight. That stroke of luck led him to found The Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation. Based in Texas, the foundation’s mission is to help residents of “Webb and Zapata counties to achieve successful lives and to improve the overall environment in those communities.” Adams, a freshman at Allen [...]

Meet Isabel Cluver Dawson: A Future Leader in Philanthropy

By |2016-01-26T20:32:25+00:00January 26th, 2016|

You have $10,000. Figure out what you’re going to do with it. Figure out how you’re going to run your program. Figure out how to be a philanthropist. You have one year. Those were the conditions Isabel Cluver Dawson, a senior at University High School and Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team member, faced as a [...]

Meet Liam Fox- a Youth Philanthropist Wise Beyond His 11 Years!

By |2016-04-29T19:15:17+00:00January 26th, 2016|

To Liam Fox, giving isn’t just a way to help others—it’s a way to better one’s self. As an Our Lady Malibu Catholic School sixth grader, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation Junior Board member, and Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team member, Fox’s amount of experience in philanthropy is unparalleled among his age group. “Giving through [...]

Making Connections around Youth Philanthropy

By |2016-01-26T20:31:00+00:00January 21st, 2016|

This special post was created as a follow-up to a Massachusetts Youth Philanthropy gathering held in November 2015, and it truly illustrates the magic of in-person connections for youth philanthropists. This great group of Massachusetts (and some Northeast) youth philanthropists and the adults who support them wants to continue to share stories, news, and information about [...]

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