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 $124,000 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 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, 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 $124,000 to local organizations for programs that are improving the lives of local children.

Read more about our impact HERE.

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2021 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.

2020 Grant Awards Celebration

As organizations felt the strain of COVID-19, Young Philanthropists responded by granting out $24,000 — the most in one year for the the giving circle. Although we couldn't meet in person for its traditional grant reception in 2020, we were thrilled to make a difference for nearly a dozen organizations in the community serving youth and children.

Hear from 2020 Steering Committee chair Dan Pietroburgo about the
record-setting year:

2020 Members

Thank you to all who have contributed to The Future Fund!
View the list of 2020 Young Philanthropists members here.

In The News

Listen to 2020 Steering Committee Chair Dan Pietroburgo talk with AM Springfield about YP's grantmaking of $24,000, the most in one year for the giving circle.

Young Philanthropists' 2019 grant to Matheny-Withrow Elementary School offered a chance for children entering kindergarten, many without pre-school experience, an opportunity to improve readiness for school. Read about the program Camp Kindergarten here.

In the midst of COVID-19, Young Philanthropists increased its annual grantmaking thanks to a generous gift from the Hanson Family Fund. Read Dan Pietroburgo's column in The State Journal-Register about how YP adjusted to help nonprofits serving youth and children.

Young Philanthropists' 2019 grant to Kidzeum will help launch the Young Engineer's Program, an eight-week after school program for second and third graders. View FOX Illinois' story about the grant.