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Imagine the Possibilities: What Kids Can Teach Us About Philanthropy

March 30 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm EDT

Imagine the Possibilities: What Kids Can Teach Us About Philanthropy

What The Giving Square learned when they engaged kids in giving circles

What happens when you engage over a thousand 8- to 12-year-olds in giving circles? At The Giving Square, we learned that there are better, deeper ways to engage children and that children have a lot to teach us about philanthropy.

Join us if you care about engaging kids in philanthropy, service, and giving. Join us if you are in the field of philanthropy and are eager to have your patterns challenged. Join us if you want to hear what kids think!

This session will help you:

  • Understand how innovative practices of engaging kids can realize the deeper potential of philanthropy.
  • See philanthropy with fresh and more critical eyes, thanks to the wisdom of children.
  • Explore how you can incorporate these lessons in your work, in the field, or at home.

Featured guests:

  • Amy Neugebauer, The Giving Square
  • Rob Collier, Johnson Center Leadership Council & proponent of youth philanthropy
  • Erika VanDyke, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Price: Free!
Format: Virtual


This event is a follow-up to the blog post, Kids Are Philanthropists, Too!

Amy Neugebauer
Amy Neugebauer is the founder and executive director of The Giving Square. Throughout her career, Amy has worked in the fields of community building, international development, philanthropy, and social innovation. For more than 20 years, she’s been a professional in philanthropy, community development, and social change, with a vision for how to engage children as community builders. Learn more about Amy.

Erika VanDyke
Erika VanDyke is a program officer with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. She works with the Foundation’s restricted funds, including the Nonprofit Technical Assistance fund and our regional affiliates, and takes a leadership role with the activities of the Youth Grant Committee. Erika previously served as a Kent School Services Network Coordinator at West Elementary in Wyoming Public Schools. Learn more about Erika.

Rob Collier
Rob Collier is a proponent of youth philanthropy and has been a member of the Johnson Center’s Leadership Council for more than a decade. He served as president and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations from 2000–2018, and vice president from 1995–2000. Learn more about Rob.


March 30
12:00 pm–1:00 pm EDT
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