National Philanthropy Day

Today, November 15, is designated as National Philanthropy Day. The Association of Fundraising Professionals sponsors this day, which highlights the work and achievements of philanthropists who give of their time, talent and treasure to impact others. Congratulations to those being recognized at this year’s Indiana Philanthropy Awards Celebration.

Family Volunteering is Fun & Easy!

Taking place on Nov. 17, 2018, Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Powered by generationOn, the youth and family division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, this day of service helps families strengthen […]

November Theme is VOTE

The first day of November marks a new theme for Phil’s Gift Box. With the midterm elections next week, kids have surely seen all of the advertisements, both positive and negative. Phil’s Gift Box has activities, conversation starters and more for guiding the conversation about why voting is so important!

IN STEM Strategic Plan

The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana STEM Advisory Council have unveiled a six-year strategic plan. The goals are to improve STEM instruction, scale evidence-based STEM curriculum in the classroom, and foster early STEM career exposure. Download the strategic plan here. 

Lights On Afterschool

October 25 is Lights On Afterschool– a day to recognize the importance of afterschool providers to the well-being and development of our youth. More than 1 million Americans will celebrate today in events across the country. Lights On Afterschool is a program of the Afterschool Alliance. Find an event near you. 

5 Things to Tell Kids about the Election

Election season is here and no doubt your kids have heard the advertisements. Here’s a quick 43-second video from Common Sense Media that can be used to help your kids wade through the noise.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Applications are open for the 2019 awards and are due by November 6. Learn more about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The youth division of Points of Light, generationOn, has a number of resources and project ideas for sparking action on this important issue. Learn more on their website. 

Ways for Teens to Give Back

The Take with Sue O’Connell, a news segment on a New England news station, featured a spot on ways teens can give back during the school year. Watch the segment here. 

Developing a Family Mission Statement

We often think of mission statements in regards to a nonprofit organization or business. Sometimes, we make think of a personal mission statement when completing a resume or work/school application.  Dr. Lynne Kenney shares the value of creating a family mission statement, along with a free template to make it easy.

October’s Theme is CARE

The calendar has turned to the month of October but there’s more to think about than fall leaves and pumpkin spice lattes! Explore Phil’s Gift Box for activities, games, conversation starters and more to learn all about caring!

Coca-Cola Scholarship Application Open

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award a $20,000 scholarship to 150 high school seniors. Applications are due by October 31.

Youth and Technology- Changing the World

The United Nationals Development Programme lists five ways youth are using technology to change the world. Read more. 

DooGood for Animals during September!

generationOn and Scooby Doo have teamed up to #DooGood during the month of September. It’s not too late to pick a project and share your story about how you’re helping the welfare of animals!

New Brooms: How Younger Givers Are Changing Family Philanthropy

Article from Probono Australia: Social change requires new blood and fresh perspectives on what has previously been tried, and younger givers could deliver a much-needed “new broom” to a family’s philanthropy, writes Fiona Higgins from Australian Philanthropic Services. Read more. 

Kindness Seen as Valuable Trait for College Applications

This article from The Washington Post reveals that authentic kindness is a character trait commonly found in college application essays of students who get into their top-choice schools. Read more. 

Impact of Social Media on Philanthropy

Learning to Give shares this article, appropriate for grades 6-12 and written by students at The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Social media has a large and growing impact on philanthropy and action for the common good. Crowdfunding, marketing, advocacy, and promotion of nonprofits are some ways social media can advance the cause of a […]

September Theme is VOLUNTEER

Each month, Phil’s Gift Box features a theme that serves as a conversation starter, thought-provoker, but more importantly, a call to action! The theme for September is volunteer, a perfect time to find opportunities in your local community that are important to you. Need ideas or not sure where to start? A quick internet search […]

Involve Kids Early in Family Philanthropy

Bruce DeBoskey of The DeBoskey Group shares the importance of involving kids in family philanthropy early on. “The passing along of family values cannot take place all at once, in a few conversations towards the end of life or in a paragraph buried in a will. Rather, to be effective, it must be an ongoing […]

At the Table: A Grantmaking Group’s Bid for Youth Inclusion

From Inside Philanthropy: Diversity, equity and inclusion comprise a hot topic these days within the nonprofit world. In philanthropy, a growing part of this conversation centers on how to address persistent power imbalances between grantmakers and grantees—imbalances that are often overlaid with dynamics related to class and race. Here and there, new models are arising that […]

How Millennials Are Changing Philanthropy

Forbes Magazine keys in on the impact millennials are having on philanthropy and how nonprofits can connect with this generation, set to be the largest demographic in the American workforce by the year 2020. Read more. 

Smithsonian Secretary Gets Advice from Teens

The Secretary of the Smithsonian regularly meets with a Teen Advisory Council for input into the museum’s operations. David J. Skorton formed the council about a year after he took the position, citing the need for a “fresh perspective.” Read more. 

10-Year Old Tours to Inspire Youth Leadership

A 10-year old philanthropist who made the news with his “blessing bags” is touring the country this summer to inspire other youth to become leaders. Read more. 

The Next Generation of American Giving

This free, downloadable report from Blackbaud looks into the charitable habits of generations y, x, baby boomers and matures.

YPII Helps Teach Campers about Philanthropy

YPII joined At Your School (AYS) this summer to teach week-long student campers about philanthropy. The “Kids Care Week” of camp introduced campers to the concept of giving time, talent and treasure, followed by putting what they learned into action for a local nonprofit. Read more in the AYS blog. 

August Theme is HELP

YPII’s theme for August is HELP. Phil and his family can teach your family or students about helping others in a fun and interactive way. Learn more about Phil’s Gift Box and order your copy!

7 Steps for Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity

People often want to volunteer and give back to their community but are unsure of where to start or how to find an opportunity that is a good fit.  Here are seven steps from Second Wind Movement.

YSA Lead Agencies for Days of Service

YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Lead Agency program to activate youth volunteers on September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance, MLK Day of Service weekend, and Global Youth Service Day! For the 2018-2019 program, YSA is offering grants of up to $6,000. Through their partner coalitions, Lead Agency grantees will be […]

On the Rise: Young Professionals Shaking Up the Nonprofit World

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy: There’s a lot of talk in philanthropy about what to expect from the next generation of charity and foundation leaders. Maybe that’s to be expected, but young professionals are already making their mark. (PHOTO BY ANTHONY GUILLEN)

Benefits of Volunteering

Habitat for Humanity highlights six benefits we can experience through volunteering.

YSA Ways to Engage on 9/11 Day of Service

Youth Service of America has released “We Serve to Remember: 10 Themes for Engaging Youth on 9/11 Day.” Use this resource to find ideas and ways to serve on this national day of service.

New Role for YPII Director

YPII Program Director Jill Gordon has been appointed as the new Director of Learning for Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) effective July 1, 2018. YPII, a signature program of IPA, works in collaboration to offer youth philanthropy and next-gen programming to IPA members. Jill steps into the role that Marie Beason had played with IPA, under […]

Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge

Habitat for Humanity offers a one-week experience called the “Collegiate Challenge,” open to students 16-22. Simply gather five friends and select a location you’d like to build for a week you’ll never forget. Learn more about the Collegiate Challenge. 

Raising Charitable Children in Charitable Families

In a blog post for National Center for Family Philanthropy, author Ellen Sabin give seven tips for raising charitable children.

2018 National Kids Count Data Book

The Annie E Casey Foundation has released the 2018 National Kids Count Data Book, which compares and ranks states for child well-being. Download the report or order a copy. 

July’s Theme is LEAD

YPII’s theme for July is lead. Phil and his family can teach your family or students about leading in a fun and interactive way. Learn more about Phil’s Gift Box and order your copy!

Mindfulness in Education Podcast

Episode 27 of The Kindness Podcast covers Mindfulness in Education, by Chad McGehee. Chad works with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin to teach mindfulness to people of all ages. He uses a teaching approach that incorporates findings from modern neuroscience and encourages kindness. His group’s groundbreaking research is being used […]

Help YSA Reach BE FEARLESS BE KIND Goal

BE FEARLESS BE KIND is Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative and calls on youth to be fearless and kind, by standing up for others, being inclusive, and making a difference. Help Youth Service America reach its goal of 500,000 pledges by June 30. Click here to learn more about this campaign.

Youth Leadership Opportunity

America’s Promise Alliance is looking for two great young leaders for highly visible roles in the leadership of the organization. They are currently seeking two young people between the ages of 16-22 to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors and with the Alliance Trustees. Each will attend annual meetings in Washington, act as […]

Teach Giving with Three Empty Jars

In this article by Kris Putnam-Walkerly published in Forbes Magazine, Kris describes this easy method for investing in your child’s philanthropic spirit.

YPC Awards Grants

The Youth Philanthropy Committee of Putnam County Community Foundation recently helped award more than $90,000 in grants from the foundation to the community. Read the story here.

Sweet Friendship Spans Generations

A young girl spots an elderly man in the grocery store and asks him for a hug. Not knowing the man was suffering from depression, their friendship developed and brought new happiness and meaning to his life. Watch the heart-warming video. 

IPA Conference Awards Spirit of Youth Philanthropy

At the Indiana Philanthropy Conference held June 7-8, Margarita White, of the Community Foundation of Noble County, received the Spirit of Youth Philanthropy award for outstanding leadership and support of youth engagement in philanthropy in Noble County.  Read more. 

Habitat for Humanity Americorps Opportunities

Spend a year exploring! Dive into new neighborhood, try different food and meet different people. Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps gives you the opportunity to get paid to work with Habitat. You can serve in your own backyard or travel to a new community. Commitments typically range from 10.5 months to one year. Stipends range from […]

YSA Summer of Service

Youth Service America offers endless opportunities for youth to get involved during the summer months. Check out out the Summer of Service projects and get involved in making a difference while school’s out!

10 Ways to Practice Kindness

Happify Daily shares 10 Ways to Practice Kindness Every Day. Check out this simple list and resolve to try a few out!

June’s Theme is SHARE

A hot summer day when the kids are bored and no one wants to head outside is a great time to pull out Phil’s Gift Box and do some exploring! Phil’s theme for June is “share,” and this box is full of activities, games, and conversation starters to reinforce this important value. Head to the […]

Webinar Recording Available

A recording of the first webinar of the 2018 Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series is now available. Click here to view “Learning to Give Time, Talent & Treasure,” as well as view resources shared. Click here to learn more about the series. 

Changing Generations & Fundraising

The Nonprofit Times reports how the changing of generations should also change fundraising. Read more. 

Conference Offers QPR Trainings on Diverse & Vulnerable Youth

The Indiana Youth Institute will host three QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention trainings focused on issues of equity for diverse and vulnerable populations. Participants may choose one of the following QPR trainings to attend: • LGBTQ+ • Latino/Hispanic • Youth removed from the home (foster care, youth in the juvenile justice system)  

Activities to Teach Kids about Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend typically includes pool parties and BBQs with friends, families, and neighbors. But the true meaning of the holiday is solemn, intended to recognize and honor those who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom. Here are some activities that  you can include in your weekend plans so that the next generation […]

Using Historical Empathy to Help Students

The Renewal Project shares how using historical empathy can help students process the world today. Read the full story.   

4-Year Old Becomes Superhero for Homeless

A four-year old turns into a superhero once a week by handing out food to the homeless, reminding everyone “Don’t forget to show love!” Watch the inspiring video. 

How Empathy Can Change Your Life

Happify shares this infographic that explains what empathy is and how you can become a more empathetic person.  Also important is teaching kids about empathy, as the number of kids who rate themselves as empathetic has declined sharply over the past few decades. Read More. 

10 Ways Kids Can Help

Introducing children to volunteering when they are young not only is a service to others but also teaches empathy. Parents Magazine offers 10 ways to get your kids started in volunteering at a young age.

Thank a Youth Worker Day

Today is Thank a Youth Worker Day, a time to reflect and thank on those who have made an impact on your life, or that of your child’s or student’s life. Be sure to spread the love and use the hashtag #ThankAYouthWorkerDay and visit http://www.thankayouthworkerday.com/ for more info.

National Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! The National Parent Teacher Association has a toolkit you can use to find ideas to thank a teacher, templates and more.  Be sure to #ThankATeacher who has made an impact on you or your child’s life this week!

Indiana Student Named a Top 10 Youth Volunteer of the Year

Indiana High School student Brandon Warren was named a Top 10 Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington, DC this past Monday. Warren is a student at Warren Central High School and has actively student against violence after losing his friend and teammate to gun violence.

25 Engaging Tools in 60 Minutes

Part 4 of YPII Program Director Jill Gordon’s blog for Boost Collaborative highlights a webinar from YPII’s 2016 Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series.

Theme for May is SERVE

Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving resource gift box (available through the YPII store) uses games, activities, conversation starters and more to teach kids about philanthropy in a fun and imaginative way. Each month has a different theme, with May being SERVE. Learn more about Phil’s Gift Box and pick up your copy for […]

Job Posting: Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is hiring a Director of Youth Philanthropy and Connection, whose primary responsibility will be to launch the new-to-Indianapolis Jewish Teen Funders Network.

Next Gen & Social Change

A new generation of philanthropists is emerging and using philanthropy to invoke social change. “Within the social change ecosystem, philanthropy plays a critical role,” says Sarah Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Australia. “It has the capacity to act as risk capital for new ideas that have the potential to spark positive outcomes for some of […]

Just Released: Youth Philanthropy Infographic

Each year, YPII conducts an annual survey with Indiana Community Foundations that promote youth philanthropy through a youth council or school-based grantmaking program. Collected data is used to summarize the work and impact of youth philanthropists in Indiana communities, as well as provide insight into youth philanthropy trends.  The 2018 Report & Infographic was just […]

Take the Tote Bag Challenge

We all know plastic bags are bad for the environment. Help your students take on the #ToteChallenge as a classroom or school and TeachOne for Earth Day 2018! To access this FREE lesson plan and project support, follow our partner Learning to Give and visit learningtogive.org/teachone.

National Volunteer Week 4/15-21

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities.

Volunteering Eases Stress

In this infographic from Happify Daily, readers learn how stress arises and what can be done to combat it. Not surprising, volunteering is on e way to feel “happier” and ease stress!

25 Low/No-Cost Service Ideas

Youth Service America has come up with a guide to 25 Low or No-Cost Service Project Ideas, great for youth groups or families looking for simple ways to make an impact.

HS Senior Holds First Girl Empowerment Rally

An Indianapolis high school senior wanted to bring girls together to improve self-confidence and help girls feel empowered in developing their own leadership skills.  With a little help from the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders she made that dream a reality, hosting the first ever Girls Empowerment Rally.

Global Youth Service Days

Global Youth Service Days, an initiative of Youth Service America, are coming up on April 20-22.  Youth are encouraged to #LEADASAP by leading, serving and engaging in their communities.  Visit YSA’s website to sign up and find project ideas.

FREE Webinar-Learning to Give Time, Talent & Treasure

YPII’s first youth philanthropy webinar of 2018, Learning to Give Time, Talent, & Treasure, will take place on May 22 from 1-2:30 ET. This webinar is made free thanks to a sponsorship from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Registration is now open.

Act! Speak! Build!

Habitat for Humanity will hold its youth advocacy week April 8-14. Students interested in participating in Act! Speak! Build! can visit Habitat for Humanity’s website for more information.

April’s Theme is GROW

Phil and His Family’s Adventures in Giving gift box (AKA Phil’s Gift Box) features April’s theme as “GROW.” The box includes activities, conversation starters, games, and ideas for great teachable moments with kids related to this theme.  Learn more about Phil’s Gift Box here or visit the YPII shop to order your copy for only […]

Jewish Teen Funders Network Coming to Indy

Indianapolis is the latest city to join the Jewish Teen Funders Network Foundation Board Incubator. The JTFN program in Indianapolis is in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and will be called YoPhI (Youth Philanthropy Indy). Teens in 11th or 12th grade during the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to apply.

Good Deeds Day 4/15

Good Deeds Day takes place on April 15, kicking off National Volunteer Week.  Points of Light has many ideas to get you started!

Free Webinar Series

YPII is excited to announce the 2018 Youth Philanthropy Webinar Series, sponsored by IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This FREE four-part series will highlight YPII’s four pillars: learn, lead, serve, and engage. Registration for all webinars is now open! Learn More: https://www.inphilanthropy.org/2018-youth-philanthropy-series 

BOOST Collaborative Blog

YPII Program Director Jill Gordon recently blogged for BOOST Collaborative. The content for “How to Inspire Youth Giving” comes from the second of a four-part Webinar Series YPII hosted in 2016.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Applications are due April 15.

YSA Virtual Town Hall

Youth Service America has created a virtual town hall for students who want an opportunity to express their voice about current issues. Sign up here and your thoughts can be shared on Facebook, Twitter or through email!

Kids Count Data Book

From our partners at Indiana Youth Institute: The 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides easily accessible, reliable data regarding childhood well-being in the state of Indiana right at your fingertips. No matter your role in serving children, reading the KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book equips you with the latest information about child well-being […]

Youth Worker Cafe

Important Youth Worker Cafe coming up: Human Trafficking and Indiana Youth. Thursday, March 8 from 11am-1pm. Click link to RSVP. Indiana Youth Institute

Eagle Scout Launches Initiative

What an inspiring story of a youth giving back. “There was a need and I filled it. You don’t need to be a politician or a wise man to do that.” http://www.pointsoflight.org/…/eagle-scout-launches-statewide initiative

BOOST Collaborative

Thanks to BOOST Collaborative for featuring YPII’s Jill Gordon in the February issue of the Boost Cafe e-newsletter! Jill’s blog “Serving through Hands-On Projects” can be found on the Boost Cafe Breakfast Blog. https://mailchi.mp/boostcafe.org/feb_2018

Afterschool Professional Appreciation Week

It’s After-school Professionals Appreciation Week. We believe after-school professionals make a difference in the life of a child! #heartofafterschool More info here!

25 Ways for Kids & Teens to Fight Hunger

Fighting hunger doesn’t have to be hard! There are many easy and fun ways to get involved in the #MYMH on Hunger Campaign with generationOn. Some of them take no time at all, while others are a bit more involved. Download more information here!

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