In the 1990's, community foundations in Michigan and their affiliate funds participated in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth Challenge as part of the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project (MCFYP).
They received more than $47.6 million to create 86 permanently endowed youth funds, matched by more than $100 million raised locally for unrestricted and field of interest funds.
As a condition of the Challenge, each of those funds is overseen by a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), involving more than 1,500 young people annually as YAC members. The Youth Leadership Conference is held each summer with Yacers and their Advisors from Michigan, many other states and countries as well, with a focus on fund development, youth empowerment, and grantmaking.
For more information about youth grantmaking or MCFYP, contact Surabhi Pandit, CMF's Youth Philanthropy Associate.