AFP offers this report as both an evaluation and marker of the state of the youth philanthropy field and as a record of the Youth in Philanthropy Summit -- its proceedings, outcomes and next steps. Significant progress was achieved; partnerships were forged; a future was envisioned; and each of the participants agreed to ownership of results. The Summit provided direction for what needs to happen for youth philanthropy to become both recognized as a movement and fully integrated into the national and international consciousness.
This document has three primary purposes: to offer information on youth philanthropy, its origins and history; to present the development of the Summit; and to document the key themes and outcomes.
- Collaboration will promote a common vision and mission to further philanthropy, especially youth philanthropy, and seek opportunities for youth-serving organizations and institutions to work together.
- A key goal identified during the AFP Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) Summit in 2006 was the creation of an online clearinghouse for youth philanthropy.
- Education is needed for teachers and school administrators, nonprofit leaders and those who serve communities. Today, philanthropy is part of Department of Education Core Content Curriculum Standards in only two of the 50 states. The vision for the education effort includes helping to expand acceptance of philanthropy into the curriculum of all states and to develop curriculum tailored for local community needs.
- Public awareness will help organizations engaged in the youth philanthropy arena to know about each other and about what constitutes philanthropy.
- Infrastructure goals include communication and collaboration in the virtual environment, with the creation of an online clearinghouse, as well as development of a physical repository for youth philanthropy materials and history, adoption of philanthropy curricula in all statesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ educational standards, closer joint work on public policy issues for nonprofits and government, and development of an international conference.
- Research will make easily accessible information available, and assess the progress of the work with longitudinal studies on the impact of philanthropy education.