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Young Philanthropists




Launched in 2006, Young Philanthropists invigorates community leaders to join together to be philanthropists and to learn more about themselves as donors.

By pooling and leveraging our resources, we are creating greater community impact by growing the Future Fund – a permanent endowment fund at the Community Foundation that has awarded $100,000 to local programs that help children and youth. Grants are determined through a competitive process with members serving on the selection committee.

2020 Events

Young Philanthropists hosts three events each year at no cost to members. The events are opportunities to meet other members, learn more about local charitable causes and just have fun!

Join Young Philanthropists 

Membership is easy.

Simply complete the Reply Form and make an annual tax-deductible contribution of $125 – 100% of which is directed to the Future Fund. You may also make your contribution online.

Annual membership contributions are due on or before December 31st of each calendar year. Anyone over the age of 21 and ‘young at heart’ is welcome to join, and new members are welcome at any time.

Download the Young Philanthropists brochure here. For more information contact Stacy Reed at or 217-789-4431.

Grant Awards

Since Young Philanthropists was founded in 2006, a total of $100,000 has been awarded to local organizations for programs that have improved the lives of children and youth.

Each year 25% of member contributions are giving out that year's grants, and 75% are directed to the Future Fund. Earnings from the Future Fund add to the annual grantmaking total in following years.

View a list of past grant awards here.


2020 Steering Committee members are:

Dan Pietroburgo, chair
Tom Bazan
Erin Crumly
Britt Holzmacher
Megan Nelson
Andrew Novaria
Chandra Roberts

2018 Members

Thank you to all who have contributed to The Future Fund!
View the list of 2018 Young Philanthropists members here.


Thank you to the 2019 Presenting Sponsor: US Bank!

Photo Gallery

View photos from our past events.
[photographs courtesy of Rachael Marie PhotographyWestlake Photography and Tara Long Photography]

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