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Youth Philanthropy in Action

Educating Marion County Middle School Students about Philanthropy

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Youth Philanthropy in Action (YPIA) is a philanthropy education program of the NPBC designed to teach middle school students the importance of philanthropy, and how they can make a difference in their community even at their age.

In the Classroom, YPIA is one-day-per-week for six weeks class where council members encourage students to learn about their passions and interests while teaching: 

         The history of philanthropy  

         The differences in the sectors of society (nonprofit, for profit, government)  

         How to interview a philanthropist 

         Writing a personal mission statement 

Classmates are grouped based on common interests and create “case for support” presentations for an imaginary $500 to support local charities. The class votes by secret ballot for the group with the best presentation.  

Through a grant from the Community Foundation, winning students and nonprofit receive real money. 

Each gift of $500 sponsors a YPIA classroom.

Since 2012, nearly 800 students have received the YPIA curriculum in public and private middle schools throughout Marion County with $17,000 in grants given to nonprofits.


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Bronze ($5)

Thanks so much for your sustaining gift!

Silver ($10)

You're a beacon of good in the world.

Gold ($25)

Your support helps us create long-lasting impact.

Platinum ($50)

Grab a mirror - you're what making a difference looks like!

Diamond ($100)

Your kind-o-meter score is way off the charts!

Philanthropist ($250)

Where's your cape? You're a philanthropic superhero.

Bronze ($15)

Thanks so much for your sustaining gift!

Silver ($30)

You're a beacon of good in the world.

Gold ($75)

Your support helps us create long-lasting impact.

Platinum ($150)

Grab a mirror - you're what making a difference looks like!

Diamond ($300)

Your kind-o-meter score is way off the charts!

Philanthropist ($750)

Where's your cape? You're a philanthropic superhero.

Bronze ($60)

Thanks so much for your sustaining gift!

Silver ($120)

You're a beacon of good in the world.

Gold ($300)

Your support helps us create long-lasting impact.

Platinum ($600)

Grab a mirror - you're what making a difference looks like!

Diamond ($1,200)

Your kind-o-meter score is way off the charts!

Philanthropist ($3,000)

Where's your cape? You're a philanthropic superhero.

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