Youth in Philanthropy (YIP)

Youth in Philanthropy, an initiative of the Community Foundation, is a program designed to introduce local high school students to philanthropy and community development. The program provides hands-on experience that benefits both the participating students and local charities. By their involvement with the Youth In Philanthropy program, students work in the community to raise money, build endowment funds and make grants to non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of youth our community. Engaging youth in philanthropy is an opportunity to prepare young people to be active, lifelong community citizens.

Interested in becoming a YIP Advisory Board Member? Click here for the application form. Deadline to submit is May 22nd. Applications may be mailed to or dropped off at 5641 Union Centre Dr. West Chester, OH 45069. You may also email completed applications to


Youth in Philanthropy Lakota’s Got Talent Event to Raise Money for Lakota Local Schools

Members of the Youth in Philanthropy Advisory Board want to know if Lakota really does have talent! The inaugural Lakota’s Got Talent variety show, featuring acts by Lakota teachers and faculty, will be held on Tuesday, February 18th, at Lakota East High School from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Money raised will benefit both participating schools and the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program. Tickets are $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum.

Teachers and faculty representing schools throughout the Lakota District will compete to win up to $3,000 in grants for their school. Each act will be judged by a 3-person panel. The winning act will be awarded a $2000 grant, but the audience will also have a part in deciding the winners. Students and families will have the opportunity to donate money to their school’s jar and, at the end of the evening, the school with the most money will be awarded the People’s Choice prize of $1000.

 Each participating school will receive 50% of the money in their jar. The other 50% will be placed in the Youth in Philanthropy Fund held at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. YIP encourages high school students in West Chester and Liberty Township to learn about philanthropy, raise funds and award grants to area non-profits. The money raised at Lakota’s Got Talent will support these grant awards.

For more information, please contact Annette at the Community Foundation office at (513) 682-8063 or



Grant Opportunities

YIP awards small grants (up to $1,500) to support programs working to improve the lives of youth in the West Chester/Liberty Township area. Grants are reviewed by YIP members and awarded on a quarterly basis.

If you are interested in applying for YIP funding, please contact Annette Landesman at 513-874-5450. 

Recent Events

YIP Band Showcase - The proceeds from this event, amounting to more than $1500, will be awarded to local non-profits during the YIP 2013 round of grant-making.

YIP Powder Puff Football Game, East vs. West - The first annual Powder Puff game raised nearly $1000 for the YIP Fund!