Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

The 2020 Youth Philanthropy Program, operating under the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, is granting $20,000 to local nonprofits. The program, designed to give students from the local high schools an opportunity to do philanthropy work, chose 17 nonprofits this year.

“Participating students review grant proposals, meet with applicants, discuss effective strategies for community impact and award grants to local nonprofits,” according to a recent press release by the foundation.

The students met throughout this winter and spring going over the 23 submitted applications, hosting presentations and determining the final lineup of nonprofits to receive awards. From the four local high schools, more than 50 students participated, according to the press release.

Students in the philanthropy program are eligible for the Future Mr. or Mrs. Old Bill Scholarship offered by the Community Foundation; this year’s recipient was Mariela Santelices. She “progressed the grant conversations beyond the classroom dialogue” as stated by Director of Finance and Operations Erin Lusins in the release. Santelices earned $1,500 for college and $500 to give to a nonprofit of her choice. 

The 17 nonprofits receiving grants this year are: Art Association, Boundless, Center for the Arts, Climb Wyoming, Good Samaritan Mission, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Interconnections21, Jackson Hole Public Art, Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, Native American Jump Start, PAWS, Riot Act, Senior Center of Jackson Hole, Snake River Fund, St. John’s Hospital Foundation, Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation and the Teton Literacy Center.

Grant amounts ranged from $500 to $2,950.

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