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The Delaware Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Boards, one in each of Delaware's three counties, are composed of students from public, independent and diocesan high schools throughout the state. Each year these young board members study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools and learn about community service and grantmaking.

The YPBs function as though they were a nonprofit organization's board of directors. As active board members, they plan meetings, develop a grantmaking focus, solicit applications, conduct site visits and award grants. Last year our three YPBs distributed $35,000 in grants. Since the YPB program began 15 years ago, more than 400 students have served as YPB members and have awarded more than $500,000 in grants.

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Youth Philanthropy Board - Kent

Kent County programs that provide support and counseling to victims of abuse or rape/sexual assault.


Extended to
5 p.m. Jan. 9!

now available!

Youth Philanthropy Board - Sussex



Programs that provide mentoring and/or tutoring to Sussex County middle and high school students to help improve their overall quality of life through interpersonal discussion and encouragement.


Extended to
5 p.m. Jan. 9!

  Youth Philanthropy Board - New Castle County



The 2014-15 cycle is closed. 2015-16 applications will be available in late 2015.  

In 1999, retired Delaware educator Phyllis Wynn established the Youth Philanthropy Fund because she wanted to encourage New Castle County youth to become more involved in philanthropic ventures. In the mid-2000s, the Delaware Community Foundation took over the administration of the fund and established additional boards in Kent and Sussex Counties. Students are selected to serve one- or two-year terms by their principal or guidance counselor.

For more information about the Foundation's New Castle County Youth Philanthropy Board, please contact Beth Bouchelle, Director of Grants, at 302.504.5239 or

To learn about the Kent and Sussex County Youth Philanthropy Boards, please contact Bill Allan, Senior Vice President for Southern Delaware, at 302.856.4393 or

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