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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In 2017, YPB awarded $75,000 in grants.
The average grant size in 2017 was $7,500. Successful grant requests typically range from $1,000 – $10,000.
Yes. We focus on supporting youth programs serving ages 11 to 24 in the time they spend outside of school.
Yes. In this case, you are required to submit both the organization’s overall budget and the Pierce County specific budget.
Eligibility will be based on the budget of the organization sponsored, not the budget of the larger organization serving as the fiscal sponsor. However, we will require both budgets as part of our due diligence review.
Yes, as long as your organization fits the criteria.
The following is a list of items that Greater Tacoma Community Foundation does not fund through the Youth Philanthropy Board grants.
- Fundraising events or fundraising feasibility projects
- Religious activities or programs that convert or attempt to convert a person to a particular faith perspective
- Production of books, videos, films, or other publications
- Events or programs that occur prior to the grant decisions being announced
- Annual campaign appeals
- Political or lobbying activities
- Debt reduction
- Agencies known to be in default on a financial obligation
GTCF believes it is important to bring community voices into our grantmaking decisions. We draw upon the experiences and expertise of community youth volunteers to review our competitive grant applications.
The young people on our committee represent a diverse geographic area of Pierce County and are between the ages of 15 and 24. The committee makes recommendations to our Board of Directors about which applications to fund and at what funding levels.
Speed interviews are an opportunity for the volunteer committee reviewing applications to gain more clarity about the specifics of the application. These 20-minute interviews are by invitation only and usually occur 4-6 weeks prior to funding.
We require one written grant report. The grant report will be due within a year of fund distribution. We will send you reporting information before the report is due.
If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact GTCF at 253-383-5622.