“It takes just 1 spark….”
It all started at a 1-day summit in 2003 at Winston-Salem State University. The North Carolina Discovery Alliance, in their efforts to bring community foundations to a roundtable discussion on the role of youth in philanthropy, asked both the Youth Leadership Institute and the Council of Michigan Foundations to share their models and approaches that they used in both California and Michigan.
From there, 4 communities expressed their interest to recreate a similar structure in North Carolina:
1. The Davie County Community Foundation
2. Foundation For The Carolinas (Charlotte)
3. Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
4. The Winston-Salem Foundation.
The Youth Leadership Institute provided onsite support to these four communities as they launched their youth philanthropy programs in 2005, with two more communities joining in 2006:
5. Community Foundation of Gaston County
6. Vance County Foundation (through the affiliate structure with the North Carolina Community Foundation-NCCF).
2006 also marked the first NC Youth Giving Summit that brought all of these youth philanthropists to a one-day celebration of giving. In 2006, the Summit drew over 150 young people… click here to read the summary and see pictures of the event.
By 2007 the North Carolina Discovery Alliance has come to an end, replaced by NCGives who has supported and expanded upon the statewide growth of youth philanthropy to this date. Additionally, Leading To Change took over as the primary coordinating and training arm to the youth philanthropy sites, while still building on much of YLI’s curriculum and process.
2007 is also when an additional 4 sites came on board:
7. Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
8. Communities in Schools of Thomasville
9. Wilkes County Foundation (NCCF)
10. The statewide North Carolina Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO).
As the network of youth philanthropy sites increased, so did the number of participants, as over 225 youth attended the 2007 Youth Giving Summit… click here to read the summary, see pictures of the event, and view the news coverage that captured the closing ceremony.
During the Fall of 2008, an additional 7 sites joined the North Carolina Youth Giving Network, including:
11. Catawba County Foundation (NCCF)
12. Nash/Edgecombe County Foundation (NCCF)
13. Communities In Schools of Rutherford County
14. Communities In Schools of Cleveland County
15. United Way of Burke County
16. Northampton County Foundation (NCCF)
The 2008 Youth Giving Summit represented the impressive growth of the NC Youth Giving Network, as over 300 youth attended the annual convening of youth philanthropists. For a great visual summary of the "Art of Giving" Summit, as well as pictures from the event, click here to read the summary.
The next year, the Youth Giving Summit focused on the power and impact of youth philanthropy through the "Magic of Giving". For pictures, videos, and news reports from the 2009 Youth Giving Summit click here
During the 2009 Summit a group of young people from Onslow County previewed the energy of the Youth Giving Network and piloted a shortened version of the program the Spring of 2010
In the Fall of 2010, the Onslow County program implemented their full program, along with:
17. City of Jacksonville (NCCF)
18. New Hanover County Communities In Schools (NCCF)
19. Greater Greenville Community Foundation/Pitt County Communities In Schools
The Fall of 2010 also brought a change in location for the Summit, as we moved from Greensboro to Raleigh to host the "Voices of Giving" (click here to read the summary and see pictures of the event), and than hosted the 2011 Advisors Training Institute in the Summer at the historic Graylyn Institute in Winston-Salem.
The 20th site was launched in the Fall of 2011 when the Smokey Mountain Center combined with the Jackson County 4H program. At the same time, the Cherokee Youth Council continued our expansion into the West (Site #21), and we started our first program associate with a higher education site (Site #22) by partnering with NC State University, the TRIO program, and Triangle Family Services to launch AYO. We continue to move forward in the Fall of 2011 by adding the follwoing:
As the NC Youth Giving Network looks to continue to grow in 2012 and beyond, we reflect on just how far we've come in such a short amount of time. Over 800 days and 25,000+ hours of material development, relationship building, strategic planning, technical assistance, facilitation, training, and followup support have been provided to these 23 communities over the past 6 years.
More importantly, over 950 North Carolina high school-aged youth in North Carolina have given 25,000+ hours of their time in the last 6 years in allocating over $400,000 in community funds. And there are no plans to slow down anytime soon…
“We give time, we give talent, we give treasure…