Inspiring philanthropy is at the heart of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s commitment to educate our next generation of donors. Since 2002, Youth in Philanthropy has been an important program within the Foundation’s community engagement program.
In 2016 the Foundation undertook a review of the Youth in Philanthropy program and in 2017 relaunched the program with an updated student-led format.
Youth in Philanthropy participants at one of their charity visits.
A feature of the updated program asked each school committee to select their preferred Impact Area and research suitable charitable organisations to review and visit. Throughout the program each school was supported by a coach and a grants allocation of $10,000. Each school then produced a video about their committee’s experience which also announced the grants allocation to each charitable organisation.
Participants at the Youth in Philanthropy Forum.
This year began with 20 schools attending our Youth in Philanthropy Forum at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in April. The Forum featured an opening performance by L2R and guest speaker, Hannah Colman from Scarf, an organisation providing hospitality training to young people. Both L2R and Scarf have received grants from the Foundation.
At the Melbourne Town Hall in August we hosted our Youth in Philanthropy Insights event which enabled students to reflect on their philanthropic journey and share key learnings as participants in the program.
School representatives discuss their learnings and experiences from the 2018 program.