Young Philanthropists

Funding the Future - Together

Launched in 2006, Young Philanthropists invigorates community leaders to join together to be philanthropists and 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 more than $136,000 to local programs that help children and youth. Grant awards are determined through a competitive process with members serving on the grant committee.

We host at least two 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!

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 31 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, email or call 217-789-4431.

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.

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Young Philanthropists has awarded more than $136,000 to local organizations for programs that are improving the lives of local children.

Read more about our impact HERE.

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2022 Steering Committee Members:

Megan Nelson, chair
Tom Bazan
Erin Crumly
Pam Hulten
Andrew Novaria
Dan Pietroburgo
Katy Winnett

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Each year, YP hosts events at different venues across the community to celebrate and build community philanthropy for local charities. Take a look back at past events HERE.

2021 Grant Presentation


YP Steering Committee members Dan Pietroburgo, Tom Bazan and Andrew Novaria presented Compass for Kids with the Future Fund's 16th annual grant award. The $12,500 grant will support Club Compass, a school-year program that helps close achievement gaps for local elementary students by providing academic and social-emotional supports.

In the video below, Compass for Kids Executive Director Molly Berendt and Assistant Director Cindy Thayer talk about the grant's impact on the program:

2021 Members

Thank you to all who have contributed to The Future Fund! View the roster of 2021 Young Philanthropists members here.



Thank you to our 2022 Presenting Sponsors INB and Sikich!