In 2003, the youngest Fox family members were welcomed to attend board meetings, which were typically held at family residences and often during school vacations. After a few years of informal youth engagement, the family realized that something more formal was needed to engage the growing number of interested youth. The Junior Board was founded in 2006 as a way for the kids, ages 8-18, to learn about philanthropy and gain hands-on experience in grantmaking.
The Junior Board members are now not only excellent grantmakers in their own right but are developing personal and professional skills that will prepare them for future board service and careers. Today, founding Junior Board members have begun the transition into more adult roles in the foundation. The Board of Directors is extraordinarily supportive of the youth, always asking for their opinions and valuing their input. They have expressed their delight that this experience has provided younger family members with the opportunity to not only develop their own talents, but also learn how to help other children who have been less fortunate.