The Young Philanthropists Foundation (YPF) is a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging youth in philanthropy by creating opportunities for kids and families to give back to their communities. We believe that philanthropy is anything you do to make the world a better place, and base our programming on a simple philosophy: if you give kids the opportunity to make a difference now, they will continue to make a difference the rest of their lives. Read More >
MEET OUR NEW STAFF
Young Philanthropists Foundation is pleased to announce two new staff members. Dedrick Sims (left) a former YPF board member, has joined our team as Interim Program Manager to replace Kelly Hayes, who has left the staff but joined the board! Erin McLain (right) is our Interim Executive Director replacing Wendy Aronson, who is no longer with the organization.
YPF Featured on 9News' Colorado and Company
YPF was recently featured on Colorado and Company! To watch the 5 minute segment where two youth participants and our Executive Director talk about the impact YPF programs like Penny Harvest, Impact Factory, Youth Initiative Board and Family Volunteer Days have on our community, click HERE.
Impact Factory 2015-16 Applications Due August 3, 2015!
To learn more about our Impact Factory, take a look here, or email Dedrick for more information. The April 18th project at the Lakewood Earth Day Event was a huge success! The team created fun and educational games on food miles, global warming, water waste and animals affected by environmental issues! Though it was a chilly day, we had a lot of fun! Next year's project will be even bigger and better!
Penny Harvest is on a Roll!
Our 60 schools are now in the process of figuring out what to do with all their hard earned pennies! Whether it's helpling the local homeless shelter, building a handicapped accessible playground for students to play together, or helpling a neighbor school start a school garden, our students are making BIG decisions and becoming incredible young leaders, learning that it doesn't take a paycheck to give back.
Over $100,000 Penny Harvest dollars going out into our community!
In 2013-14, 60 Penny Harvest schools distributed all the pennies they collected
in the fall to organizations they chose through an interview process of local organizations and community members. Some of the grants included grants to Colorado flood relief, providing service dogs to kids with serious illness, and helping to send a peer to a college prep summer camp. To see photos from last year's Penny Harvest, click here.
The Penny Harvest is not a fundraiser, it is a FREE, school-based citizenship and leadership service-earning program that integrates with the school calendar. Students harvest “idle pennies” from family and friends, use those funds to make microgrants to nonprofit organizations, and participate in corresponding service projects. Last year, 60 schools collected $98,000 in pennies, all of which went back to the community. Read More >
Impact Factory and Youth Advisory Board Team-Up!
Our Impact Factory and Youth Advisory Board recently worked together as they undertook a service project at the Denver Rescue Mission. Click here to read more about the colloaboration, as well as to view pictures of these amazing students in action!
YPF in the News!
Check out the recent issue of The Lost Creek Guide, where an article on the Wiggins Park clean-up is featured on the front page!
Click here to read the article!