What is Youth Philanthropy?

One of The Community Foundation goals is to instill in our youth the awareness of our community needs and the desire to be active in our community by means of volunteering and philanthropy. The Youth Philanthropy program does just that.

Two seniors from high schools within The Community Foundation’s service area serve for one year on The Youth Philanthropy Committee of The Community Foundation. The students are nominated to this program by faculty and staff of their respective school based on their demonstration of excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. They are responsible for granting $10,000 or more to a deserving local charitable organization that services the needs of youth in our area. In 2018, two separate grants at $10,000 and $5,000 each were available.

The committee is supervised by Community Foundation Board members and meets periodically throughout the school year. The students review grant applications, rate the applications, perform site visits of the top 8 applicants and prepare presentations on these applications for the committee as a whole. From this process, a final vote is taken to determine which agency will receive the grant.

In the spring, a formal presentation of the grant check is made to the winning agency at a closing awards ceremony.

This program is a win-win situation for our youth and our community; our youth obtain an awareness of their community and its needs, and a local charitable agency receives necessary money to continue their programs!

If you are a non-profit agency that serves the needs of youth in the Greater Lynchburg area, please see the Youth Philanthropy Grant section to learn more about this competitive grant offered by The Community Foundation.

The 2018 Youth Philanthropy Grant Recipients


Lynchburg Beacon of Hope


Miller Home of Lynchburg, Virginia

Lynchburg Beacon of Hope's mission is to prepare every Lynchburg City School student for a postsecondary education.  The $10,000 was awarded to Beacon of Hope and will be used to expand the reach of its Kids to College Program to 11 elementary schools and 3 middle schools with innovative K-5 curriculum, field trips to colleges, college fairs, and an 8th grade symposium that will create hope and college readiness amount Lynchburg's youth.

Miller Home provides short or long term care and guidance to young girls by providing a supportive, non-institutional environment which encourges each girl to grow and develop to her highest potential.  The $5,000 grant will help support the Home's capital improvements that are necessary in continuing this much needed support for young girls in the Greater Lynchburg area.

 Youth Philanthropy 2017 1


A special thanks to the advisors of the Youth Philanthropy Committee who helped guide the students through this process!



It's Our Mission

The principal mission of The Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the establishment of permanent endowments for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, with income distributed annually to charitable organizations within the community.

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