Involving Leelanau Township Youth in Philanthropy
Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
As a community foundation, we give oversight to the Leelanau Township Community Foundation Youth Endowment Fund, a local fund established through a challenge grant many years ago.
The YAC is a group of local high school students who learn the basics of philanthropy through making decisions on grant applications for those Youth Endowment Funds. In 2016, the YAC was able to give additional support for soccer head gear and a solar array project for NPS, plus Zonta's 8th grade girls career day, sailing school scholarships for local youth, and the 'Exposures' arts publication to name a few.
We are impressed by the depth of review given by the students on each request. They quickly become skilled at identifying the critical questions to ask and in seeing where the greatest benefit to the community exists.
Find out more on the Northport Youth Advisory Council Facebook page
Youthful Philanthropy Making a Difference
Leelanau Township Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council has awarded over $100,000 in grants since 1996. All grants are focused on providing benefits to the youth of our community. Not surprisingly many of these awards have gone to the Northport Public School to fund special programs – everything from drug-free schools to senior projects to yearbook publication.
While it’s expected that young philanthropists would focus on the place that touches them most deeply, these youthful benefactors also donated to the town’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Discovery Center, and the Leelanau Children’s Center, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, the Leelanau County Family Coordinating Council, and Family Independence Agency, and the Northport Area Skateboard Association. Annual contributions to community projects have varied from $300 to as high as $14,000, which confirms that young people in our community are well able to handle the challenges and responsibilities of planning and helping to fund the future of our area.
To contact the foundation, call 231.386.9000 or visit the Contact Us page to send us an email.