The Power of Youth Philanthropy

Fundraising Breakthroughs

One New York high school student raised $57,000 to help build an elementary school in rural Cambodia. In a similar vein, two high school students in Massachusetts raised $420,000 to aid the people of Darfur. Tags: grassroots fundraising Nicholas D. Kristof writes in yesterday’s New York Times about how youth are rocking out with philanthropic endeavors. These “piggy-bank philanthropists,” as Mr. Kristof labels them, are inspiring.

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Our EveryAction Hero: Girls Inc.


of Memphis has taken on a three year project to prevent the building of a landfill right next to their affiliate and their local elementary school. It is a huge effort that really highlights the power of grassroots, advocacy, and getting girls engaged with advocacy. It brings together a group of high school age girls from across the country to think about the issues that affect their lives and turn their passion into action. Girls Inc.

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance


The organization started when our founder Barbara Lubin was the president of the school board in Berkley. We’re working with local grassroots community organizations to provide education programs, sports programs, medical aid, and winter relief. It was actually from students at a school in Gaza who met with our Director of Gaza Projects. She asked them if they could have one thing for their school what would they want, and they said water.

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