Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)
was established in 1997. One of the main goals of the organization is
to create future nonprofit leaders by providing professional development
and networking opportunities. There are currently 29 chapters in the
United States including one right here DC.
The Council on Foundations (COF) is also interested in nurturing the next generation of philanthropists. By constructing the COF Next Generation Task Force, COF aims to support the next generation of philanthropists to meet their philanthropic goals.
The One Percent Foundation is a group of young professionals. Members pledge to give at least 1% of their yearly earnings to charity. Empowering young people to become fully engaged, lifelong philanthropists is part of their mission.
A recent article in the Economist reports that children are highly impressionable when it comes to helping others. The article features the Big Give, an organization in the UK that links people with causes in order to foster philanthropic giving. Through the Big Give's Philanthropy in Schools program, the organization hopes to inspire the next generation to give.
Philanthropy is driven by the urge to help others and that urge can manifest at any age. For instance, Zachary Bonner founded the Little Red Wagon Foundation at age 6. His most recent philanthropic effort, walking across the US to raise money for homeless children, is discussed in a recent Tonic article. Bonner's philanthropic efforts are currently being turned into a Hollywood biopic.
-- Natasha Isajlovic-Terry, Assistant Librarian, Foundation Center-San Francisco
This post originally appeared on Philanthropy Front and Center - San Francisco.