The Youth in Philanthropy program began with four Melbourne schools: Mac Robertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne High School and University High School. The program has since grown considerably and there are now 19 participating schools:
- Australian International Academy
- Brighton Grammar School
- Camberwell Grammar School
- Carrum Downs Secondary College
- Hume Central Secondary College
- Ivanhoe Grammar School
- The King David School
- Lauriston Girls’ School
- Mac Robertson Girls’ High School
- Melbourne Girls’ College
- Melbourne Grammar School
- Melbourne High School
- Methodist Ladies’ College
- Mount Scopus Memorial College
- Parade College
- Ringwood Secondary College
- Trinity Grammar School
- University High School
- Werribee Secondary College
A key part of the Youth in Philanthropy program is to encourage young people to develop awareness and deepen their knowledge of the charitable sector, and build relationships with the charitable organisations they are working with.
The program has been designed for senior secondary school students, generally selected from Year 10.
Schools are also free to choose participants from Years 11 and 12, whom they feel may benefit from being involved.
Each school selects between four to six students (maximum) to form a Youth Grantmakers' Committee, supported by a coordinator (usually a teacher or another member of the school staff).
The program incorporates six activities:
Identify | Select & Learn | Visit | Allocate | Fundraise | Report
Click on one of the activities above to jump to the section below.
Identify the issue
- All members of the committee participate in an opening Forum to develop a Philanthropic Objective that aligns with one of the Foundation’s four Impact Areas.
- This Philanthropic Objective then informs which charities the committee works with through the course of the program.
- Committees must complete the Philanthropic Objective form after the opening Forum.
- Young people are supported by experienced coaches who will work alongside the committee through the grant making process.
- This may include assessments of funding applications, interviewing potential grant recipients and making funding recommendations
Select & learn about three charities
- Committees will be given the opportunity to select three charities from a list of pre-approved organisations working within the Impact Area that they select. The committee will then consider applications from these three charities and conduct site visits to learn more about their work. The organisations have been through the Foundation’s due diligence processes so we know they are the right tax status to receive a grant and have great organisational capability.
- With the assistance of the coordinator and coach, the committee will undertake research and analysis of the grant applications.
Visit the selected charities
- The committee will be allocated $10,000 from the Foundation’s grants budget to distribute to three eligible charities that work in areas aligned with the committee’s philanthropic objective.
- A minimum of $500 must be distributed to every charity the committee engages with. This accounts for the time and effort the charities have taken in applying for the funding and meeting with the committee.
- The committee’s allocation may be increased through fundraising within the school or local community.
- The Foundation will match any funds raised, up to a cap of $2,500, thereby increasing the potential distribution total to $15,000.
- All distributed funds will be administered by the Foundation, and any funds raised will need to be provided to the Foundation prior to or at the same time the Grant Recommendations are submitted.
- After the charity visits have been conducted, the committee will be required to complete the Grant Recommendations form online by Friday 2 August 2019.
- In making their decisions around the allocation of funds, committees should consider a range of factors such as:
- social impact;
- need for the program/project;
- organisational capability;
- value for money and many others.
- Coordinators and coaches will support the committee in their grant making decisions.