Everyone can be a philanthropist!  Students can share their time, talent or treasure. Join us to take action for the common good, and make a difference.

The Young Philanthropists Program is a unique educational opportunity for New Canaan high school students, who learn about the role of non-profit organizations in addressing community needs. The group learns about services provided by non-profits, and explores how these organizations are supported financially. Participants attend evening meetings once a month during the school year with the President & CEO of the Foundation as well as a Board member and other adult mentors. 

Group of teens.The program consists of a structured curriculum and participation in a grant making process. Students work collaboratively to establish a framework for investing in important community resources. The team reviews grant requests, makes decisions about funding non-profits, and presents awards. Students also participate in a fundraising effort to support the program and learn about development. The program culminates in students participating in the annual grant award event in May, making awards to selected non-profit organizations. 

The program encourages social and philanthropic responsibility and is an excellent complement to programs that focus on direct community service and volunteerism.

Due due to the pandemic, the Foundation is postponing this year's Young Philanthopists Program. Please contact Nicole Kolenberg with any questions.

Call us at (203) 966-0231 for details about our Young Philanthropists Program.