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Engaging Youth in Philanthropy: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, Number 38

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6513-6
96 pages
May 2003, Jossey-Bass
Engaging Youth in Philanthropy: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, Number 38 (0787965138) cover image
Explores ways nonprofits can foster lifelong philanthropic habit in today's youth. Editor Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, and contributors examine successful youth engagement programs that illustrate that philanthropy is a habit that can be demonstrated, taught, and inculcated at a very young age. Progams discussed include a YMCA program encouraging civic activity among children with backgrounds in lower-income communities and lower academic achievement which demonstrates that the instruction of philanthropic values and behaviors can transcend traditional qualifiers of income and education. Contributors also present results of a four-year study on college undergraduates who earn college scholarships that require recipients to participate in community service, and show how they reveal increased philanthropic values these students, in addition to other personal skills that benefit civic engagement and service to others.

Other aspects of youth philanthropy examined include the significant legal issues surrounding adolescents raising money for organizations, youth serving on nonprofit boards, and youth casting deciding votes on board matters. The issue also includes an informative primer on youth and philanthropy that demonstrates how young people learn philanthropic behavior from several sectors within civil society, including community foundations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and government. With insight from professionals in the field, as well as the passionate voices of philanthropic youth themselves, this issue illustrates how we must be actively engaged in the lives of children and youth -- in our families and in our communities - not just to develop healthy habits of philanthropy, but for their overall healthy development.

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Editor's Notes (Bill Stanczykiewicz).

1. Engaging youth in philanthropy (Karin E. Tice)
This chapter is an introductory overview of youth and philanthropy through the activities of several sectors of civil society, including outcomes and implications for youth, society, and the nonprofit sector.

2. Understanding how organizations affect the civic engagement of adolescent participants (Mary K. Kirlin)
Promising developments from a YMCA program on civic engagement demonstrate how the instruction of philanthropic values and behaviors can transcend traditional qualifiers of income and education.

3. A developmental study of the Bonner Foundation's scholarship recipients: Impact of a four-year, cocurricular service-learning model (Cheryl Keen, James P. Keen)
Low-income college students who receive a scholarship that requires service demonstrate increased philanthropic activities over time.

4. Youth and philanthropy: Legal issues, practical consequences (Paula Allen)
Having young people involved with fundraising and in the overall leadership of nonprofit organizations, especially as board members, creates legal challenges and civic opportunities.

5. Claiming youth: A new paradigm in youth policy (John A. Calhoun)
Teaching the importance of giving and serving to children and youth is vital to the overall healthy development of young people.

6. Involving youth: The last divide (Kathryn Kendall)
Involving and expanding philanthropic opportunities for young people will promote healthy youth development while also enhancing social and cultural renewal.

Index.

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