Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
(630) 896-7800

Youth Engagement in Philanthropy Grantmaking Fund

Established 2020

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
(630) 896-7800