Youth Philanthropy Board

At GTCF, we believe youth are the experts about what they need.

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) connects young people with a passion for their community to the skills and tools necessary to cultivate positive change.

The nine-month program gives 15 Pierce County youth between the ages of 15 and 24 the opportunity to learn more about local youth services and build skills to make grant recommendations to youth-serving organizations.

Designed to provide youth the opportunity to play a role in funding decisions that directly affect their lives, the YPB equips members with tools to become philanthropic and community leaders:

  • Leadership Training
  • Learning how youth service works in Pierce County
  • Meeting with community leaders
  • Visiting youth organizations that are working for a better community
  • Collaborating with other Pierce County youth on making grants to youth organizations
  • Receiving reimbursement for all travel costs

Interested in joining the Youth Philanthropy Board?  Apply here. 


2018 Youth Philanthropy Board

Youth Philanthropy Board Grants

Each year, YPB members fund quality, out-of-school-time programs that provide youth opportunities to learn, engage, and lead. Through this, the YPB members help support their peers as they map out pathways to success in school and life.

The YPB believes that self-esteem, empowerment, and healthy choices are vital elements for youth because these are critical in helping youth navigate complex transitions to adulthood, career and life success. The YPB will support programs that reflect these elements, create opportunities for youth to have leadership roles within programming, and value youth voice and youth feedback by developing a platform where program structure and activities are influenced by youth.

In 2017, the YPB provided $75,000 in grant funding to Pierce County after-school programs.


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