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Youth In Philanthropy: AFP And 4-H Plan Community Pilots

(Nov. 21, 2005) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is pleased to announce a partnership with 4-H to expand the understanding of philanthropy and fundraising among youth in communities across the United States.

4-H has developed a curriculum designed specifically for youth to help them understand philanthropic fundraising. The curriculum integrates youth development principles with philanthropic fundraising. It is a series of hands-on learning activities that connect young people to their community through the development of a case statement and conducting a fund development campaign with youth in leadership roles guided by adult mentors.

The curriculum is focused on teaching youth, in partnership with adult mentors, about the philanthropic fundraising process. Key components include effective organizational stewardship; analyzing youth and community needs; developing the case statement; donor relationship building; making the personal solicitation; allocating resources; donor stewardship; and furthering the work of philanthropy.

AFP members will be asked to serve as trainers for 4-H members and mentors for young people in their community, as well as asked to assist in the evaluation of the pilot program. Their mentorship would guide youth through the fundraising cycle and enhance philanthropic efforts in their community. AFP members will share their knowledge and wisdom with youth who are eager to carry out the philanthropic fundraising tradition.

"We are very excited about the prospect of working with 4-H on this initiative,' says AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE. 'I salute the efforts of the AFP Youth in Philanthropy taskforce, chaired by Katherine Falk as well as task force member Nancy Swanson, who heads the 4-H curriculum project, for developing this pilot program and working on its implementation. They continue to promote the development of the philanthropists and fundraisers of the future.'

The curriculum will initially be tested and implemented at three to five pilot sites throughout the country with plans to take it nationwide throughout the next five years. For more information on the Youth in Philanthropy program contact Pat Bjorhovde at

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