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Youth in Philanthropy


From where will the next generation of philanthropists come?  The obvious answer is from the youth of North America and the world.  The same answer applies to the next generation of ethical fundraisers.  AFP has an obligation to promote and encourage the involvement of young people in philanthropy and the profession of ethical fundraising.  This section of AFP’s website is devoted to the efforts of our chapters and others to encourage young people to become actively involved in philanthropy and fundraising.  Look here for ways you can become involved in Youth in Philanthropy. 

AFP's Role in Youth in Philanthropy
AFP is committed to the development of the next generation of fundraisers. The Association understands that in order to ensure that there will be interest in the nonprofit sector and fundraising in the future, young people must be exposed to philanthropy in a meaningful way at a young age. To that end, more than ten years ago, AFP created the Youth in Philanthropy Subcommittee. Read more.

What's New

*New* Youth in Philanthropy Powerpoint
This new powerpoint will guide your board's conversation about why it is important to engage in a Youth in Philanthropy program, how to start, and what the chapter will gain from doing so.  This is a companion to the document (below, in "Resources") entitled "Starting and Developing YIP Programming."

AFP YIP High School Curriculum, Making a World of Good©:


Youth in Philanthropy Newsletter: Winter 2014 | Summer 2013 | Summer 2012 | Winter 2012 | Summer 2011 | Winter 2011 | Summer 2010 | Winter 2010 | Summer 2009

Starting and Developing YIP Programming
The Youth and Philanthropy Subcommittee has created this resource to answer your chapter's questions about why and how to start YIP programming in your chapter, and help to impact the future of fundraising, our profession and the field of fundraising.  

YIP Chair and Committee Member Position Description

AFP YIP Careers in Fundraising Toolkit
The new “Careers in Fundraising Toolkit (2010)” was developed specifically to help chapters engage high school students in exploring the exciting and rewarding profession of fundraising.

The AFP Youth in Philanthropy Blog
Articles related to young people getting involved with philanthropy and the charitable sector. 

Updated National Philanthropy Day® Lesson Plans Available
AFP has collaborated with Learning to Give, a division of generationOn, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world, to update LTG’s series of lesson plans on National Philanthropy Day.  These lessons can be used in schools, clubs or youth-serving organizations to introduce young people to National Philanthropy Day.  Click here for access these free lesson plans. 

A Vision for and Brief History of Youth Philanthropy
Click here to read the report from the 2006 AFP Youth in Philanthropy Summit, that brought together 44 representatives from leading U.S. and Canadian initiatives invested in youth philanthropy programming and research. Report includes information on the youth philanthropy movement and recommended roadmap for strategic directions.

Contact us
For more information, or to be put in contact with a YIP Subcommittee member in your area, email:


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