Posted at 12:29 pm on 11/18/2015
  9 Middle Schools - 538 Students - 7 Semesters - 19 Charities/Non-Profits - $9500 in Grants

The Community Foundation is proud to sponsor Youth Philanthropy in Action - a program of the Non-Profit Business Council of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.  Begun in 2012, this new and innovative program was a featured story – “Generation Generous” in The Ocala Charity Register – November 2011. 

Students are introduced early on to the concept of "philanthropy" and come to understand that each in their own way can make a difference in their community. The results were overwhelming in the depth of student engagement, the depth of their research, but most importantly the depth of their passion for their respective causes.

The pilot was held at Blessed Trinity's 8th grade social studies classes early in 2012. Following the presentation at Blessed Trinity, the Foundation hosted an editorial board review with the Ocala Star Banner during which the students themselves told their stories of what the program meant to them.

From  Brad Rogers’ column -“The Young Philanthropists”. (OSB 3-11-12)

“The thing is very simple,” said Frank Hennessey, an industrialist/financier/horse farm owner who is the driving  force behind the Community Foundation. “Awareness.  Awareness of the need and awareness of their ability to do  something about it...   Yes, it’s simple... But oh so important... An on top of that, it sure does feel good."

The Community Foundation has established a designated fund for this wonderfully successful program. We welcome sponsors and donors to continue to grow the fund that encourages and supports the next generation of community philanthropists.  

Click here to access our YPIA DONATE NOW link


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