Youth in Philanthropy

Empowering Tomorrow's Philanthropists Today

The Community Foundation of Howard County’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program provides opportunities for high school students to learn about philanthropy firsthand. Students will engage with community nonprofits and learn about local issues such as homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, as well as local arts, environmental and cultural opportunities.


  • Interested sophomores and juniors will apply to be part of the YIP committee.
  • YIP members will work with local nonprofits to request grant proposals, meet with leaders, witness operations firsthand and learn more about the organizations and needs they address.
  • YIP committee members will evaluate the proposals and each organization’s goals and award grants to selected nonprofit applicants each year. The funds available for grant making can range in size from $1,000 to $10,000 per grant.
  • Community members will be asked to support the program through the YIP fund. As the fund grows, the amount of money granted out by the students each year will increase.

The YIP program was establish in 2019 by Jeffrey Boutwell, a CFHoCo volunteer. To support the YIP program, donate here.


Applications for YIP 2021 to open in November

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