Grants of up to $7,500 to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for activities that teach young people the art of philanthropy. The purpose of the program is to provide a first-hand learning experience in decision-making and allocation of funds to charitable organizations. Funds may be used to support new programs or to expand existing programs. Eligible organizations are those located in Oak Park, River Forest, and bordering communities including Austin.
The Future Philanthropist Program (FPP) provides high school students with the opportunity to learn how to be philanthropists and grantmakers.
The Program is comprised of a select group of high school juniors who are engaged directly in the important role of community philanthropy. The purpose of FPP is to provide an intensive, year-long, hands-on learning experience through which they are taught the art, science, and business of philanthropy. FPP teens are solely responsible for making funding recommendations which are submitted to the Board of Directors of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. The students also evaluate the impact of their decisions on youth issues as a result of the grants they distribute and learn to raise funds in an effort to maintain this grant-making effort.
To be considered, the proposal must demonstrate that the following requirements are met:
The Future Philanthropists Program has four goals:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
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The program or project must be completed prior to March 1, 2023.
Proposals will be accepted only in electronic format as an attachment to an email sent to Karen Tardy, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301