Youth Philanthropy Partner Network

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana facilitates a Partner Network of community organizations that meet every other month 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!

View our Partner Benefits & Commitment Page

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.

AYS, Inc.

AYS, Inc. (formerly At-Your-School Child Services) specializes in providing high-quality, educational and safe programs for children outside of school hours. Parents want to know their child will be safe, happy and cared for in their before- and after-school program, and AYS strives to go above and beyond these expectations. We believe in building a community together while honoring each child’s individuality. We are located in the school and work to provide a seamless transition between the school day and AYS time.

Best Buddies Indiana

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.  Best Buddies Indiana offers One-to-One Friendship, and Leadership Development programs – positively impacting nearly 55,200 individuals with and without disabilities in Indiana.

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/Hamilton County Community Foundation

Serving Marion and Hamilton Counties, and as the steward of over $800 million in charitable assets, we connect donors with causes they care about, serving as a catalyst for community change. We also make smart, strategic investments in Central Indiana by granting funds to the area’s most effective not-for-profits. In addition to our work with philanthropists and not-for-profits, we lead three community leadership initiatives designed to lift families out of poverty, help kids succeed in college, and create inspiring, beautiful public spaces. Through these initiatives, CICF is actively involved in making Central Indiana a place where art, nature and beauty are accessible every day for everybody.

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.

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.



Early Learning Indiana

Early Learning Indiana provides leadership, advocacy, and early childhood education services to continually improve the early learning landscape in Indiana. We adhere to four guiding initiatives:

  • We operate high-quality child care centers.
  • We help families find quality child care.
  • We partner with teachers and providers to improve program quality.
  • We advocate for greater access to early educational opportunities for all Hoosier families.


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

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

Henry County Community Foundation

The Henry County Community Foundation, Inc. is a public trust which secures permanent funds for philanthropic purposes. The TASC (Teens About Serving the County) Youth Grants Committee meets four times each school year, twice in the fall and twice in the spring and includes students from all five schools within the district. TASC reviews grants from nonprofits and funds programs that will benefit the youth of Henry County.


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 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.

IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice worldwide through critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, teaching, training, and civic engagement.  The School of Philanthropy is globally recognized as the first of its kind. School faculty and staff train and empower students and practitioners to innovate and lead—and to create positive and lasting change in the world.

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.


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.

Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council

The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC) advises Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and city government on issues that impact youth and helps shape strategies to improve their communities. Youth voice matters and, if empowered, can have tremendous influence to create positive and lasting change. Because of the MYLC, community leaders can make better decisions on matters concerning youth, resulting in stronger neighborhoods. The MYLC also provides an opportunity to develop the next great generation of civic leaders in Indianapolis, both through the members themselves and through their work to empower the voices of their peers. The MYLC is a collaborative partnership between Leadership Indianapolis, the Marion County Commission on Youth, and the City of Indianapolis.


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.

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.

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

The UWCI vision is that Central Indiana will be a community where children, individuals and families thrive; neighbors care for each other; and we are proud of all our residents’ quality of life.  Youth Leadership United is a program of UWCI and expands opportunities for young people to participate as community planners and decision makers within nonprofit boards and committees. Each year, YLU selects and trains 30 high school students from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

The West Foundation

Based in Indianapolis, The West Foundation,  a private foundation, exists to further the progress of nations in the Global South through support of sustainable efforts designed to promote the elimination of the various forms poverty by fostering community development, particularly at the grassroots level. We envision a world without poverty in any of its forms, where opportunities and the freedom to grasp and mold them abound for all people. A world in which no group exists in comfort based on the suffering of others, and in which no one is unseen due to distance of space or hierarchy of circumstances.