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EMPOWER YOUTH TO SHAPE THEIR COMMUNITIES

GIVING

Grow Youth Giving isn't an organization.

I created this resource in the hope of propagating an idea I’m passionate about:

cultivating a grassroots movement of family- and community-based youth grant making programs that will empower the next generation and sustain the network nonprofits we all rely on.

THE IMPORTANCE OF NONPROFITS

Nonprofits are everywhere, and they exist to support nearly every facet of our lives. In America alone, there are over 1.3 million charitable nonprofits that inspire, enlighten, educate, feed, heal, and nurture people of all stripes. Half of our hospitals are nonprofits. The zoos, museums, and arts organizations that add color to our lives are nonprofits. We enjoy rights that are protected by the work of nonprofits. Nonprofits protect our ecosystem and preserve natural beauty. The work of nonprofits isn’t just for those who lack homes or food—it’s for all of us, and it’s about as ubiquitous as the air we breathe.

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10%

Of the U.S. workforce
is employed in the
nonprofit sector

(zippia.com)

5.6%

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Of the U.S. GDP
is generated by

nonprofits
(zippia.com)

10.5%

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Decrease in total giving to nonprofits in the US in 2022
(adjusted for inflation)

(philanthropy.iupui.edu)

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RECONNECTING TODAY'S YOUTH

Raised in the Information Age, our youth are increasingly exposed to issues all over the world, but they’re often disconnected from the resources to make tangible difference in their own communities. As youth are encouraged to open their eyes to the needs all around them and are connected with the resources to meet them, they develop the skills and confidence needed to shape the future they’re inheriting

The Benefits of Engaging Youth are Felt by All Parties

  • Youth develop civic engagement and leadership skills

  • Youth form stronger relationships with their communities

  • Organizations are able to make better-informed, and more thoughtful decisions

  • Our nonprofit ecosystem will be sustainable if we teach lifelong habit of of giving

Hi. I’m Josh Van Stone, and in 2020 I started my own family grant making fund to honor the legacy of my mother, Nadine Van Stone, who devoted much of her life to food and housing equality and instilled in so many her knowledge, compassion, and drive to make the world a better place. I choose to honor Nadine’s memory by doing what I can to empower the youth of my family to do good with that future.

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