Youth in Philanthropy celebrates 20 years.
Almost 5,000. That’s how many young people have learned about our city’s charitable sector, and the importance of giving back, through The Winnipeg Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) program.
“We know that when youth are exposed to charitable organizations, volunteering and philanthropy, they are more likely to continue to be involved and give back when they get older,” says Megan Tate, The Foundation’s Director of Community Grants and the first YiP Coordinator. “The network of YiP alumni in our community are more likely to be actively engaged in their communities – which is good for all of us.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of YiP. What started in 1999 as a program in nine schools has grown to include 30 committees (27 at high schools and three at community organizations). Since the beginning, YiP Committees have granted more than $1.8 million to the community.
Each year, every YiP Committee is allocated $5,000 to grant to charitable organizations. The Committees determine their areas of interest and mission statement, and then visit different charities to learn about needs and opportunities. This allows each Committee to have a personalized experience.
In addition, each YiP Committee is allocated $500 annually to cover administrative costs. Funds that are not used are reinvested into each Committee’s personal endowment fund, which means they’re able to grant even more. Some Committees also hold fundraisers to further augment their granting budgets.
The Foundation’s youth engagement programming has expanded to include a Summer Internship Program, which places YiP students at local charities during the summer; an Emerging Leaders’ Fellowship (currently on hiatus); and the Walking Together Grants program (read more on page 38).
Learn more about The Foundation’s youth programming, including YiP: wpgfdn.org/youth
DID YOU KNOW? THE FOUNDATION’S YiP PROGRAM IS THE LARGEST PROGRAM OF ITS KIND IN CANADA!
The evolution of YiP
A commemorative booklet is produced each year for YiP participants. Check out the different themes – and designs – that have been featured during the past 20 years.
This story is featured in the Summer 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.