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Young Philanthropists




Launched in 2006, Young Philanthropists is invigorating young 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 given more than $40,000 to local programs that help children and youth. Grants are determined through a competitive process with members serving on the selection committee.

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 $41,000 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 in grants, and 75% are directed to the Future Fund. Earnings from the Future Fund add to the annual grantmaking total.

View a list of past grant awards here.


2015 Steering Committee members are:

Micah Roderick, chair
Shane Adkins
Jenna Davlin
Britt Holzmacher
Rob Patino
Chandra Roberts
Courtney Westlake

2014 Members

Thank you to all who have contributed to The Future Fund!
View the list of 2014 Young Philanthropists members here.

Photo Gallery

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

Latest News
Donor-advised funds maximize year-end giving (State Journal-Register 11/22/15)

Sangamon Success: a newly-released report on how to improve the educational trajectory for Sangamon County's less advantaged children

2015 Sangamon County Citizen Survey

Legacy Awards 2015  (Springfield Business Journal, September 2015)

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Stutz Family Fund and John Dale and Ronee C. Kennedy Fund - Unrestricted funds meet ever-changing community needs

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