Young Philanthropists

Funding the Future - Together

Launched in 2006, Young Philanthropists invigorates community leaders to join together to be philanthropists and to learn more about themselves as donors.

By pooling and leveraging our resources, we are creating greater community impact by growing the Future Fund – a permanent endowment fund at the Community Foundation that has awarded $100,000 to local programs that help children and youth. Grants are determined through a competitive process with members serving on the selection committee.

We host three events each year at no cost to members. The events are opportunities to meet other members, learn about local charitable causes and just have fun!

COVID-19 Update:  YP's annual kick-off event has gone virtual AND you can get your membership contribution doubled this year!

  • Kick-Off Event -- Join us on July 23rd at 7:30 p.m. for a Facebook Live event featuring the Springfield-based trio The Deep Hollow.
  • Double Your Donation -- The Hanson Family Fund at the Community Foundation has generously offered up to $12,000 to match this year’s membership contributions to YP.

All membership contributions received this year will be awarded in two rounds of operational grants to YP's past grant recipients.

We will be announcing the first round of grants at the July 23rd event, and The Deep Hollow will also be performing a couple songs in advance of their national Levitt AMP Virtual Music Series Concert taking place the following evening! The second round of grants will be awarded in December.

Join Young Philanthropists

Membership is easy.

Simply complete the Reply Form and make an annual tax-deductible contribution of $125/person – 100% of which is directed to the Future Fund. You may also make your membership contribution online (please specify "Future Fund").

Annual membership contributions are due on or before December 31st of each calendar year. Anyone over the age of 21 and ‘young at heart’ is welcome to join, and new members are welcome at any time.

Download the Young Philanthropists brochure here.

For more information contact Stacy Reed at or 217-789-4431.

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Since Young Philanthropists launched in 2006, $100,000 has been awarded to local organizations for programs that have improved the lives of local children.

View a list of past grant awards here.

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2020 Steering Committee members:

Dan Pietroburgo, chair
Tom Bazan
Erin Crumly
Britt Holzmacher
Megan Nelson
Andrew Novaria
Chandra Roberts

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Future Fund

The Future Fund is an endowment fund at the Community Foundation that was established in 2006 by the Young Philanthropists giving circle in order to create a permanent grantmaking resource for Sangamon County.

The purpose of the Future Fund is to provide financial support to organizations that address childhood development and education. Special consideration is given to collaborative programs that speak to recommendation(s) outlined in the Sangamon Success report and focus on serving less advantaged children in Sangamon County.

2019 Members

Thank you to all who have contributed to The Future Fund!
View the list of 2019 Young Philanthropists members here.