Youth in Philanthropy

Beginning in 2020, CFHoCo will supervise a committee of high school students to solicit and evaluate grant applications and award funds to local nonprofit organizations as part of the new Youth in Philanthropy grant program.

Founded by foundation volunteer and donor Jeffrey Boutwell, the program will allow students to engage with community nonprofits and learn about local issues such as homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and the educational and legal needs of struggling families. “Youth in Philanthropy students learn more about the community they live in, work with their peers throughout the grant cycle process and become exposed to the value and traditions of philanthropy long before they themselves are able to become philanthropists,” Boutwell said.

The foundation will solicit applications from interested sophomores and juniors to join the committee of 10 to 15 for the 2020 session. Students can expect to evaluate submitted grant proposals based on need and effectiveness and award $10,000 in grants ranging in size from $500 to $5,000. In addition, each student on the Youth in Philanthropy committee will partner with one of the community organizations seeking a grant. They will meet with representatives, witness operations firsthand and learn more about the organization and the needs it addresses. To learn more, email

Donate to the Youth in Philanthropy grant program here.