Youth Philanthropy Board

The Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Boards (YPBs), one in each of Delaware’s three counties, are composed of students from public, independent and diocesan high schools throughout the state.

Every year, each YPB makes grant recommendations to support impactful projects in their communities. Together, they develop a focus area, solicit and evaluate proposals, conduct site visits and award grants.

In 2022, our three YPBs distributed $55,000 in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations. Since the YPB program began in 1999, more than 470 students have served as YPB members and have awarded nearly $550,000 in grants. View previous grant recipients.

Each YPB selects a different focus area. Focus areas for 2022 grants are:

  • The Kent County YPB will support nonprofits that provide assistance for mental health and healthcare services for the underprivileged and uninsured community. 
  • The New Castle County YPB will support nonprofits that promote equitable education for individuals who are experiencing mental health issues, or are in the foster care system, or who have learning disabilities.
  • The Sussex County YPB will support nonprofits that focus on supporting vulnerable communities with student success (before, during and/or after school), workforce development and/or food insecurity. Preference was given to organizations that support immigrant/minority families with students in elementary and secondary school. 

The Youth Philanthropy Boards need your support!

To sponsor the students in one county or statewide, please contact Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate, 302.504.5239.

Information on 2023 YPB Grant applications will be announced soon.

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