Youth Philanthropy Partner Network

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana facilitates a Partner Network of 40+ community organizations that meet on a monthly basis to promote and raise the awareness of youth philanthropy.   Partners assist their fellow colleagues with creative ideas for engaging youth, collaborate on events that foster the awareness of youth philanthropy, and share innovative ideas for integrating philanthropic concepts into programming. Our Partners share the belief that through active philanthropic engagement youth will develop life-long habits of giving and serving, grow to be dynamic young leaders, and become fully engaged citizens within their communities!

Partner Benefits

  • Promotion of your organization’s investment in youth philanthropy.
  • Access to cutting-edge training at discount prices.
  • Sharing of ideas, opportunities and expertise among creative, energetic and motivated partners.

Partner Commitment

  • Appoint organizational staff person to attend YPII partner meetings on a regular basis.
  • Share with  other partners your organization’s work to promote youth philanthropy.
  • Submit news articles for the monthly newsletter, YPII Chronicle, that highlight your organization’s youth philanthropy work.

YPII is pleased to facilitate this diverse and unique Partner Network.

Beyond Monumental

Beyond Monumental gives back to the Indianapolis community by supporting youth programming that reinforces healthy lifestyles for young people, with an emphasis on working with urban students and Indianapolis Public Schools, donating more than $875,000 in eight years. Their flagship event, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, is a top 20 marathon in the US and is nationally recognized by Runners’ World as one of “Ten Great Marathons for First Timers”. Core goals include (1) educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and healthy living, (2) Combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency by promoting health, physical fitness and wellness in the Indianapolis community, and (3) utilizing proceeds from fund raising activities, specifically a marathon, to fund charities whose missions are consistent with the other purposes of this corporation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

BBBSCI develops mentors committed to helping boys and girls grow into the next generation of caring, confident, and competent adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana requires a minimum of 1 philanthropy activity per year for our Matches.  YPII provides the opportunity for BBBSCI to advertise many unique philanthropy activities to our program participants.

Central Indiana Community Foundation

CICF’s mission is to inspire, support, and practice philanthropy, leadership, and service in the community.

Chaucie’s Place

Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization, works passionately to ensure the welfare of children by offering evidence-based; high-quality prevention programs to end the cycle of abuse and to empower children and adults to ensure that children of central Indiana have the opportunity to live to their highest potential.  To help achieve this, we offer three prevention programs; Smart Step: A Body Safety Program for Children©, Stewards of Children®, and Lifelines.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum is committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. Through its annual Power of Children Awards event, it seeks to nurture and recognize youth as role models who exemplify an extraordinary commitment to public service and social responsibility. We are part of the YPII Partner Network to connect with and advocate for organizations that promote youth philanthropy development and programming.

Colton Strawser Consulting

Colton Strawser Consulting (CSC) was founded by Youth Philanthropist Colton C. Strawser in 2012. CSC specializes in Nonprofit & Communications Consulting with different service areas include Fund Development, Grant Writing, Program Development, Community Outreach, and Digital Marketing. Strawser also conducts trainings at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics, but usually focusing on communications and/or youth. CSC is based in Indianapolis. CSC believes that YPII is a great provider of resources and training opportunities to help further philanthropy in Indiana.

Dekko Foundation

The Dekko Foundation believes that “Great things happen when adults step back and consider what children need to grow and develop.” Their youth philanthropy program, Youth Pods, funds six groups in Indiana, five in Iowa, one in Alabama, and one in Minnesota.



generationOn Indiana

generationOn Indiana is a nonprofit program funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., and facilitated by the Indiana Association of School Principals and the Indiana Middle Level Education Association to assist and support Indiana educators and youth development professionals with all the Free resources on the generationOn and Learning to Give websites.  These service, service-learning, and philanthropy education resources will educate, equip, and empower youth for lifelong engagement in philanthropy and givers of time, talent and treasure for the common good.  Contact Joan Belschwender, Director of generationOn Indiana, for more information

Gleaners Food Bank

Gleaners’ Mission – To Lead the Fight Against Hunger
Gleaners’ Vision – Food for every table.  Hope for every future.

At Gleaners Food Bank, we accomplish our mission by securing and storing food and grocery items – which we ultimately redistribute to more than 350 Hunger Relief Agencies who serve Indiana’s hungry. From our delivery services to our special programs, Gleaners’ distribution process plays a major role in the fight against hunger throughout the state of Indiana.

Hancock County Community Foundation

The Hancock County Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public charity that promotes local philanthropy, convenes community initiatives, and supports nonprofit organizations. By focusing on philanthropy with a kind heart and strategic mind we:

  • Help people give more efficiently and effectively
  • Help donors extend giving beyond their lifetime
  • Connect donor passions with nonprofit needs
  • Strengthen local communities by encouraging charitable giving
  • Provide donors with a low-cost alternative to a private foundation

Hendricks County 4-H

The mission of Indiana 4-H Youth Development is to provide real life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world. We do that through many ways: projects, trips, scholarships, community service, and more!

Hendricks County Community Foundation

The Hendricks County Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Hendricks County. H3O a program of the Community Foundation. Formed in 2011, H3O is designed to give youth in Hendricks County an inside view of grantmaking. Youth are tasked with fundraising, grant writing and reading, marketing and volunteer service.The council is made up of middle and high school students from all six Hendricks County high schools.

IMAGINE: Students for Global and Local Action 

IMAGINE: Students for Global and Local Action is a student-driven, project-based service learning program that engages middle school teams in identifying, developing and implementing real-life solutions to relevant issues confronting our local and global communities.



Indiana Association of School Principals

IASP serves as a connection to schools across the state, providing school principals with information about YPII and its partner programs. Its monthly Indianagram newsletter is distributed to all superintendents and member principals, assistant principals, and associate members. It can also spread news about partner activity at Indiana and national board and convention gatherings.



Indiana Youth Institute

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) promotes the healthy development of children and youth by serving the institutions and people of Indiana who work on their behalf.  IYI provides capacity-building programs and resources for the state’s youth workers and nonprofit youth-serving organizations, including schools, and is an outspoken advocate for healthy youth development in Indiana. IYI works to play a role in suggesting resources and providing technical assistance to Indiana youth workers and youth serving organizations – including helping organizations and communities build assets for kids.  As a network of providers in youth philanthropy YPII’s partners are incredible partners of those building these assets.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir

The Indianapolis Childrens Choir (ICC) provides weekly music education to more than 2,500 central Indiana young people ages 18 months to 18 years. Through quality instruction and rich performance experiences, singers develop musical skills and understanding. The ICC also nurtures personal and social growth by fostering responsibility, teamwork, and leadership that builds self-esteem and pride. In addition to its formal choral music programs, the ICC provides a range of outreach initiatives in partnership with schools and community organizations.

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts take great pride in playing an active role in the community and are committed to corporate citizenship throughout Indiana. Leading by example, the Colts hope to encourage and inspire fellow Hoosiers to participate in the practice of giving back. The Colts seek to create lasting philanthropic partnerships and maximize those relationships for the betterment of the community, thus building a legacy of goodwill as they share the heart behind the horseshoe.


Indianapolis Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is a free, city-wide initiative designed to teach kids how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.

We launched Lemonade Day in Indianapolis in 2010 and over 7,400 kids signed up! We had over 50 sponsors and community partners involved and Governor Daniels and Mayor Ballard were big supporters. It was a HUGE success!

Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo’s mission is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. Each summer, this mission is extended to teens in our Zoo Teen program. This program is an exciting way for high school students ages 14 to 18 to explore career opportunities, meet new friends and help the Zoo in its mission of conservation and education.

iPear (Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research)

The Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR) is part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. We are a social psychology research lab that asks questions such as: Who gives? Why do people give? What are the health and well-being effects of giving on givers? We examine causes, consequences, and changes in giving-related traits and behaviors from a variety of perspectives, including psychophysiological and neurological. Our prior research has found that empathy is declining since the early 1980s among young Americans, while narcissism is rising. In our current work we are designing and testing mobile based programs to help increase empathy among youth. Empathy is associated with more prosocial behaviors such as volunteering and charitable donations and less bullying and aggression.

IUPUI Center for Service and Learning

The IUPUI Center for Service and Learning builds partnerships that empower people and communities. Together people can achieve impressive things. That’s why the Center for Service and Learning (CSL) exists: to bring together the citizens of Indianapolis and the students, faculty, and staff at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to improve people’s lives locally and beyond.

Ivy Tech ASAP

The Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) provides Ivy Tech Community College students with the opportunity to earn your degree and begin your career in one year or transfer your credits to a four-year college to continue your education. ASAP students are you encouraged to think of college as a job. In addition to obtaining knowledge and hands-on experience in an academic program, they are educated in areas that are critically important to employers, like time management and teamwork.

Jameson Camp

Jameson Camp enriches the lives of Indiana youth by inspiring them to discover their strengths. For over 80 years, Jameson Camp has been impacting the lives of young people through an award winning camp experience designed to develop self respect and confidence, and respect for others and the world around us.


Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis’s mission is to promote the general welfare and creative survival of our community. The development of youth philanthropic leadership is essential to that purpose. We share with YPII the goals of promoting supporting and sustaining youth philanthropic efforts.



Joseph Maley Foundation

The Joseph Maley Foundation was founded in 2008 to serve children of all abilities.  We achieve this mission in part by focusing on several key areas:

  • Supporting and creating programs that serve children.
  • Participating in service projects that directly support our ability to help children.
  • Providing scholarship opportunities for children.

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana provides learning experiences for central Indiana students with a concentration on life skills, job skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and fundamental understanding of economics and the free enterprise system.

Kiwanis International

Kiwanis is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, more than 660,000 members strong, annually raise more than US$100 million and dedicate more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. The Kiwanis family of programs includes Key Club International (for high school students), Circle K International (for college students), Builders Club (for middle school), and K-Kids (for elementary school). Each of these club experiences is focused on character-building and teaches the members how to serve and lead their communities.

Learn More Indiana

Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help Hoosiers of all ages complete education and training beyond high school. Our team offers a variety of helpful resources in print, in person, online and on the phone to help ALL Hoosiers from kindergartners to adults turn their college and career dreams into reality.



Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY)

MCCOY champions the positive development of youth through leadership on key issues and support of the youth worker community. One key element of positive youth development is providing young people with significant opportunities to share their wide range of talents and gifts with the world in which they live.  Through our involvement in YPII, MCCOY supports young people across the state that are truly making a major difference in many lives now while forming lifelong habits of sharing their talent, time, and treasure.

Park Tudor School

Park Tudor’s mission is to create an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment, with exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities, that prepares and motivates students to become balanced, confident, and resourceful lifelong learners. The school’s vision is to ignite curiosity, instill compassion, and inspire courage.

Peace Learning Center

The Peace Learning Center of Indianapolis educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. Our vision is to build a community of peace where respect is primary and justice is real. Through the modeling of behaviors, community collaboration, and by providing services, we value:

  • Peaceful resolution of all conflicts
  • Strength of diversity in our community
  • The potential of youth
  • Responsible stewardship of the environment and community resources

ProAct Indy

ProAct Indy is a service-learning organization committed to engaging youth in public service that educates, delights, and inspires the youth and those they serve. Our fundamental tenet is that youth are not the recipients of community service they are the creators and givers of service. Participating youth address the notion that youth who use their skills to serve their community positively fortify the communities in which they become involved.

Providence Cristo Rey High School

Providence Cristo Rey High School is a faith-based, coeducational, college-preparatory secondary school for students from families with modest financial means. It engages youth in a curriculum that integrates rigorous college prep academics with real world work experience in an entry level job at a major Indianapolis corporation or nonprofit. Students also are expected to give a minimum of 20 hours of Christian Service Learning time to projects that benefit their neighbors and the broader Indianapolis community, which is one of the reasons that PCRHS is pleased to partner with YPII in its efforts to foster youth philanthropy.


Regions Financial

Regions is an active participant in the communities we serve. Bank associates at every level support activities and organizations that help create shared value for individual residents, whole neighborhoods and entire communities. Our corporate values encourage a commitment to volunteer service, sponsorship, and monetary contributions that make life better for everyone and help improve financial security.

Riley Children’s Foundation

The Riley Children’s Foundation drives and coordinates philanthropic support for Riley Hospital for Children – the state’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities, and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. Partnering with a statewide network of individual, corporate, association and school-based supporters, the Riley Children’s Foundation promotes awareness about and seeks funds to continue a 90+ year tradition of expert and compassionate pediatric healthcare delivery and breakthrough pediatric research, empowering summer camp opportunities and preservation of the legacy of Indiana’s own “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley.

The Leadership Program

Working with over 25,000 participants per year, The Leadership Program provides professional development trainings, youth development and parent engagement services, research-based curricula, and evaluation services to empower the leader within in all of us.  While centrally housed in New York City, The Leadership Program offers services across the country, and their Vice President of Programming is housed in Central Indiana.  She offers leadership development trainings for youth and adults both locally and nationally.  Contact Erika Petrelli for more information at 917-502-7622 or


The Orchard School

The Orchard School’s mission is to develop and educate the whole child. As a progressive, non-sectarian, independent school, Orchard commits to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open mindedness, ethical character, leadership and love of learning.

The STEM Connection

The STEM Connection is a non-profit corporation aimed at facilitating outdoor and hands-on science, technology, engineering and math experiences at Moore Road Farm and other educational sites. The STEM Connection 30 acre outdoor learning site at Moore Road Farm is located conveniently on the northwest side of Indianapolis in the Traders Point Rural Historic District. The ecosystems of the farm include deciduous forest, Eagle Creek, fields of crops and a garden open for exploration and learning. Programming is connected with ongoing conservation projects that honor the land and waterways of Indiana. Currently, over 100 children and adults participate monthly in The STEM Connection programming which include field trips, after school clubs, summer camps and traveling STEM experiences.


United Way of Central Indiana:Youth as Resources and Youth Leadership United

Youth as Resources (YAR) of Central Indiana is a youth development program that gives small grants to youth groups to operate youth-led volunteer projects in their community. YARCI challenges youth to identify community needs and design projects that use their skills, creativity and energy to help others in the community. YAR is a youth/adult partnership and includes young people in all aspects of its planning, grant review, and decision making. It is a program of United Way of Central Indiana and operates in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, and Morgan Counties.  YPII keeps the spirit of youth philanthropy alive and moving forward across the state. We enjoy sharing what we’re doing with youth and networking with others. A great idea exchange!

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis – Avondale Meadows YMCA and Hendricks Regional Health YMCA

The YMCA maintains a rich tradition of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. Philanthropy is an essential component of all YMCA programs. Through the YPII partner network, the YMCA has been able to utilize resources like Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving into existing youth and teen programs.