Life is celebrated in amazing moments. One of those moments happen on Sunday Nov 15 with the final presentation the 2020 Youth Grant Initiative cohort. After several months worth of working, learning and conversation came together, the cohort’s 7th and 8th graders made a presentation on how to thoughtfully invest $10,000 into the community. During those months, their purpose was to learn about philanthropy, the community, nonprofits and then the foundation’s community grant funding process.
They reviewed the actual grant requests from nonprofits that focus on providing sports and opportunities for youth, especially though underserved and underrepresented communities. The final deliberation conversation required advanced preparation, ranking their personal recommendation and then coming together to make a group decision. This required active listening, consensus building skills, passionate discussion and compromise.
The two teams in the cohort, Bridgetown and Stumptown, each had $5,000 to work with. Bridgetown decided to recommend funding Active Children Portland and Camp UKANDU with $2,500 each. Stumptown recommended their $5,000 funding for Adaptive Sports NW. The recommendations were presented to the foundation’s board of directors on Nov 17th and approved.
Watch the heartwarming full presentation from these young philanthropists below.
This program requires a team of volunteers and in order to go completely virtual this year, it required an All-Star team effort! Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers, interesting panelists and supportive committee members!
Lisa and Emily
To learn about the full Youth Grant Initiative Program visit our YGI Page here.