This report aims to show German funding organizations the positive effects of children and young people's active participation in grant-making decisions, and encourage the organizations to establish their own youth councils or take other steps to enable participation. In order to make this as easy as possible for the organizations, we set out quality criteria and success factors and suggest first steps that can be taken. Three of the programs run by German foundations that are profiled are covered in depth.
By making youth councils and youth participation more widespread, the democratic process is strengthened and the legal rights of young people anchored in reality.
- Some foundations support programs which encourage social engagement among children and young people.
- Some foundations bring children and young people in as volunteers.
- Some foundations support or run programs which extensively teach engagement.
- Some foundations involve young people in the work of the foundation through youth councils or youth panels.
- While Next Generation Philanthropy may have gained little traction in German foundations thus far, nations like the USA have numerous programs to train young people from wealthy, socially engaged families as future donors. Some of these programs are initiated by family-run foundations themselves; others, by associations, networks or consult-ants for donors and foundations.