Future Fund Total Grantmaking

Since Young Philanthropists' inception, $100,000 has been awarded to local organizations making a difference to positively change the lives of local youth and children.

Year Organization Grant Awarded Purpose
2019 Kidzeum of Health & Science $11,000 Young Engineers Club, a new eight-week after-school program, is designed to introduce second and third graders to concepts surrounding engineering. The grant will cover costs for students with limited means to participate in the program. Curriculum for the two-hour courses will be co-created with local engineers and address how engineers approach design, circuits, coding, and more.
2018 Matheny-Withrow Elementary School $10,000 Camp Kindergarten: Ready, Set, Go!, a three-week class held in the summer to improve school readiness among incoming kindergarten students. The program will introduce children to four key concepts that underpin successful learning outcomes: academic goals, school expectations, social/emotional development, and fine and gross motor skills development.
2017 The Outlet $10,000 College Ready, a program which guides young men looking to become the first of their generation to attend college through a year-by-year process to prepare them for post-secondary education.
2016 Compass for Kids $10,000 The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, a high-impact, evidence-based program designed to effectively engage less advantaged parents in supporting the educational development of their children.
2015 Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois $10,000 The LEGO League Program, designed to introduce real-world engineering challenges to students in grades K-8 by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks.
2014 Girls on the Run of Central Illinois $8,000 To support the life-skills program teaching girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.
2013 Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery $7,000 To purchase formula and diapers and offset transportation costs for families that utilize the nursery's emergency services.
2012 Family Service Center $6,000 The "Camp Compass" summer program that provided 100 homeless and low-income Springfield Public Schools elementary students with math and reading instruction by certified teachers for 3.5 hours a day, five days a week for four weeks leading up to the beginning of the school year.
2011 Camp Care-A-Lot $6,000 For Camp Care-A-Lot's residential camp program that serves children ages 6-10 in the Sangamon County area where volunteer counselors are dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through a balance of social, educational, recreational, and emotional activities.
2010 Asbury's Children's Supper Hour $5,000 Asbury's became the first group to be awarded a Young Philanthropists grant for the second time. The program serves a hot, nutritious meal and provides well-supervised activities, help with homework and tries to meet other needs of the children in their program. They operate fours days a week from the Asbury United Methodist Church in East Springfield.
2009 Elizabeth Ann Seton Program $5,000 For a Moments Make Memories educational project to assist women in creating closer bonds with their children.
2008 Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault $5,000 The Hug Away the Hurt program, a therapy program that offers abused children an opportunity to create their own personalized teddy bear for consolation.
2007 Asbury's Children's Supper Hour $4,000 For the Supper Hour to expand its program from 3 days a week to 4 days a week to serve nutritious meals to disadvantaged children and to supervise after-school activities and help with homework.
2006 The Parent Place $3,000 The first grant award from Young Philanthropists was awarded to The Parent Place to provide diapers for its Diaper Pantry, as a way to tangibly help families in need.