Youth Philanthropy Overview

The Ashtabula Foundation's Youth Philanthropy program was initiated in 2010 with the idea to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists who would learn the values and attitudes that would enable them to see charity as a vital part of their lives. 

Student-Led Board

Each participating high school, under the direction of an adviser and student volunteer board, receives $5,000 from The Ashtabula Foundation. The philanthropy boards then complete a grant process to solicit grant requests from local charities, including announcements in the newspaper of the availability of grant money.


Grant Application Process:

  1. Qualifying organizations submit funding requests

  2. Students interview organizations

  3. With support of the adviser, students choose grant recipients

  4. The Ashtabula Foundation approves funding

  5. Students present gifts to grant awardees at ceremony


Benefits of Experience for Students

After the grant process is complete, the high school youth philanthropy board makes a report to the Board of Trustees of The Ashtabula Foundation.  Students have reported that the experience was very rewarding.  It gave them the opportunity to see what the needs are in the community and to learn about the agencies that provide services to those in need.  Students have also found opportunities to volunteer beyond their service on the youth philanthropy board.  They have led food and clothing drives to assist agencies that help those in need in their areas, or have volunteered their time to continue helping the various organizations.

Participating Schools

  • A-Tech
  • Conneaut High School
  • Edgewood High School
  • Geneva High School
  • Grand River Academy
  • Grand Valley High School
  • Jefferson High School
  • Lakeside High School
  • Pymatuning Valley High School
  • St. John School

For updates and news releases about the schools' philanthropy boards, please see the news section.