The 1991 launch of the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project (MCFYP) marked a groundbreaking effort to spread youth philanthropy throughout Michigan's community foundations and all 83 counties. In honor of the 20th anniversary, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) commissioned the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University to assess the impact of MCFYP. Drawing on surveys, focus groups, archival documents, and interviews with youth participants and adult advisors and leaders, this report documents the impacts on youth, the participating community foundations, and on the Michigan communities.
- Serving on a Youth Advisory Committee influences education and career paths.
- Having a Youth Advisory Committee can attract assets to a community foundation.
- The Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project was responsible for changing state law so that youth ages 16-17 can serve on nonprofit Boards.
- Building permanent youth endowments provides a sense of stability and continuity for the young people, the nonprofit sector, and the community foundations and ensures that resources will be there for generations to come.