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Helping Hands

Youth Philanthropy

The Ashtabula Foundation's Youth Philanthropy program was initiated in 2010 with the idea of cultivating the next generation of philanthropists in Ashtabula County.  An opportunity to experience the value of charitable giving as one of the most powerful experiences in their youth... a value that will allow 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 and social media of the grant opportunity.


Grant Application Process

  • Qualifying organizations submit funding requests  

  • CLICK HERE to download Grant Application)

  • Students interview organizations

  • With the support of their adviser, students choose grant recipients

  • The Ashtabula Foundation approves funding

  • Students present grants to organizations


Benefits of Experience for Students

Students have reported that their 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 for 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 and have volunteered their time to continue helping the various organizations in Ashtabula County.  


Participating Schools & Advisors

A-Tech, Scott Basen, Robert Archuleta

Edgewood High School, Sharon Nelson

Geneva High School, Marie Best

Grand River Academy, Zac Inman

Grand Valley High School, Carrie Brumit

Jefferson High School, Lisa Paul, Stacy Alexander

Lakeside High School, Colleen Wheeler

Pymatuning Valley High School, Alexis DeMott

Saint John School, MaryAnn Hartwell

Conneaut High School (funding provided by The Conneaut Foundation)

Youth Philanthropy Board

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