Youth Engagement in Philanthropy (YEP) was created to help local high school students explore and learn more about fundraising, grantmaking and making a difference in the community. The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley wanted to find a way to empower the next generation by providing the opportunity for youth to fund ideas that impact and inspire their community. The Community Foundation values the partnership of Dunham Foundation in making this program available for young people in our community and is grateful for their ongoing support. Together, we are building a future of philanthropy.
By supporting YEP, you will enable projects such as the following agencies that have either been awarded full or partial funding for the capital grant requests listed below their names.
African American Men of Unity
To help fund the FIRE College and Career Program for at-risk youth
DuPage Children’s Museum
To help fund an immersive Tinkering Camp experience for area children
Fox Valley Food for Health
To help provide equipment and supplies so teen chef volunteers can safely prepare meals for clients
Fox Valley Music Consortium
To help fund musical instrument repairs for students from low-income, underserved families
Little Friends, Inc.
To support the purchase of new technology that provides greater connection and learning resources for children on the autism spectrum
Northern Illinois Food Bank
To help support the BackPack Program, which provides nourishing weekend meals to food-insecure children
The Bucket of Love
To help fund S.T.E.A.M.-centered educational resources so underserved youth can build a strong academic foundation
Wayside Cross Ministries
To help fund an academic enrichment and youth leadership program that serves at-risk youth through homework help and winter and summer camps
World Relief DuPage/Aurora
To help fund age-appropriate enrichment programs for young immigrants and refugees