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What is Youth Philanthropy?

Jewish teen philanthropy developed from the strong foundation of the secular youth philanthropy movement.  

Beginning in the late 1980s, communities across North America began to view philanthropy and grantmaking as a powerful way to reach teens. Growing numbers of schools, community centers, and religious organizations brought young people together to engage in the philanthropic process. Participants in these programs grappled with real issues, made decisions, and ultimately awarded grants to organizations in their community.

Youth philanthropy grew in the 1990s across the United States, with large scale programs rising in the Midwest, specifically in Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. National philanthropy organizations developed youth philanthropy initiatives, including the Foundation Center and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Here are some recent publications on the field of youth philanthropy: