Youth Philanthropy

Michigan is a state full of dynamic and engaged youth philanthropists. CMF provides guidance and support to The Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Project (MCFYP), which helps to coordinate and grow the pipeline of young philanthropists in our state.

What's a (YAC)?

YAC stands for Youth Advisory Committee, Youth Action Council, Youth Alliance Committee, or Youth Advisory Council. It is a subcommittee of a Community Foundation with a permanently endowed youth fund composed of youth members ages 12-21 who review and allocate grant dollars to local non-profits' youth programming.

Quick Facts

  • Over 20 years ago, in efforts to increase the giving capacity of Community Foundations and to engage youth in the grantmaking process, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored a Youth Challenge for Community Foundations to grow youth endowment funds.
  • These endowment funds were to be used exclusively for grants allocated by youth advisory committees for local nonprofits' youth programming.
  • Today, there are over 1,500 young people serving on 86 youth grantmaking committees, with endowment fund assets exceeding $62 million
  • These grantmaking committees are known as YACs, which can stand for Youth Advisory Committee, Youth Action Council, Youth Advisory Council, Youth Alliance Committee…and many others!
  • Youth grantmakers across the state collectively give $1.5 million in grants per year. View the 20th Anniversary Report for a look at the impact youth grantmakers have had.

Browse our resources for youth philanthropy and contact our youth philanthropy program coordinator, Chelsea Holmes, to learn more about connecting with youth advisory committees across the state.

Youth Leadership Summit

Every year, the Council of Michigan Foundations collaborates with MCFYP to produce a high-energy, two-day conference for youth philanthropists.