Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy:Observations and Recommendations for Strengthening a Growing Field shares reflections on the recent Foundation Center scan of youth grantmaking.
The scan was spurred by two big notions. The first is that the greatest intergenerational transfer of wealth is upon us, and more needs to be done in the philanthropic sector to prepare the field for this shift. Those currently involved professionally in philanthropy—both as trustees and as staff—will be transferring leadership to a younger generation over the next decade, and now is the time to explore questions of how to do this most effectively and meaningfully. The second notion is that there are many youth grantmaking programs in existence regionally, nationally, and internationally, but there is no easy way to access and share their resources to improve learning and strengthen practices that grow the field.