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Engage Your Community Foundation in Youth Philanthropy

Is your foundation actively involved in youth philanthropy? If not, you're missing out on an important aspect of donor stewardship and community development. Learn the top five reasons why you should engage in youth philanthropy:

  • Provides a unique perspective of your community
  • Engages a greater part of your community, including the youth
  • Gets donors involved in diverse ways
  • Provides a unique and innovative way to approach corporate funders to support their community
  • Strengthens your community


Jenna Ott - Executive Director, Community Foundation of Noble County
As a young person, Jenna had the opportunity to participate in her local youth philanthropy group, the HANDS Foundation, where she first learned about community foundation’s and nonprofits. Before coming to the Community Foundation of Noble County, Jenna was a Program Officer at the Dekko Foundation where she mentored the organization’s national youth philanthropy leadership team, phish.

Bridget Wilkinson Executive Director, Bozeman Area Community Foundation
In 2013, Bridget became the first Executive Director for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in southwestern Montana. In 2016, Bridget was named a "20 Under 40" recipient, an honor that spotlights southwest Montana’s top young business professionals. Additionally, Bridget was selected to be one of ten executive directors in the US to participate in the CFLeads Executive Leadership Institute for community foundations.

Sammie Holzwarth - Product Manager, Foundant Technologies
Sammie has been with Foundant since 2011. Starting as an intern, she moved to the Client Success Manager (CSM) role after college, and now supports the sales team, keeping them up to date on new functionality in GLM. She has a passion for youth philanthropy and has spearheaded the Youth Giving Project in Bozeman, MT as well as serving as an Exponent Philanthropy Next Gen Fellow for 2016.

For your convenience, you can view the Dual Impact video mentioned at the beginning of the webinar here.

About the Author

Foundant Technologies

For more than a decade, Foundant Technologies has specialized exclusively in making philanthropy easier and more impactful through intuitive technology solutions. All of our cloud-based solutions focus on grantmaker, grantseeker, scholarship provider and community foundation needs with the goal to make day-to-day tasks streamlined and help maximize the impact of the philanthropic community.

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