Local Youth in Philanthropy Students Grant $10,000 to Community Organizations

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Brandon, MB. – Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) students from Crocus Plains High School, Elton Collegiate and Vincent Massey High School will be distributing grants totaling $10,000 to 20 local charities on Giving Tuesday May 5 th , 2020.

The YIP grant presentation evening was to take place on Tuesday May 5th, hosted by the Elton Collegiate YIP students. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, BACF had to cancel this year’s granting evening. All grant recipients will receive their grant money via mail.

The YIP program is a BACF program designed to introduce motivated youth to philanthropy and local community development. This program gives the students a hands-on experience working as a team and with local charitable organizations to help our communities thrive.

Each September, schools form their YIP committees. Each committee receives grant monies from BACF and the United Way of Brandon & District, to grant to charities in our community. The students research charities that meet the BACF granting criteria and learn more about what those charities do by visiting them and interviewing people who work there.

“The students really get a sense of what non-profit organization are about and how important these grants can be to their programs,” states Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director of BACF “These students are incredible. They take their role of decision making very seriously, making sure their grant will make animpact for the organization they choose. I hope their experience with the YIP program inspires them throughout their lives.”

Over the past 16 years, YIP students have awarded $157,000.00 in grants to numerous organizationsthroughout Brandon and the Westman area. For a listing of 2020 YIP grant recipients visit www.bacf.ca.

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