Youth Philanthropy

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make a difference. know your community. make grants. network. enhance your skills. volunteer. be heard. pay it forward. lead by example.

Philanthropy.The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, shown in contributions of money, property, or work for the benefit of others.

Sunshine Community Services Youth Philanthropy is an opportunity to provide an avenue for young people to contribute in a special way, to develop their skills and knowledge – and experience first-hand the joy, satisfaction and impact they can make through charitable giving. This goes beyond community service and takes civic education to the next level. It helps our youth to understand how important their role is in our society and how sharing responsibilities can effect social change.

Our TGF program contributes to the community both now and in the future. Teens will learn and experience giving in adolescent years, and see the difference that it makes. The knowledge gained will not only benefit them as they begin their adult lives, but it will instill in them a sense of compassion and responsibility in helping others that will grow exponentially as they become leaders and decision makers in this and other communities and organizations.

A study by the Independent Sector & Youth Service America found that individuals who were engaged as volunteers as youth are twice as likely to donate their time as adults, and are also more generous in their charitable giving.

Youth Voice and Influence can be a powerful thing!


They can provide unique insight & knowledge about issues affecting a community


We can show them that we perceive them as leaders and agents of change in our community, and that we value them as an asset.


They can show that a collaborative approach, where youth and adults work together as an equal team can be just as, if not more effective than an authoritative approach.


Planting Seeds For A Lifetime of Giving

With one donation to TGF you are giving twice!

By making a gift to TGF, you are placing the responsibility and honor of grant-making in the hands of our teen board. They take this very seriously. They visit area not-for-profit organizations to learn about their needs, how they will utilize grant funds, the services they provide and why they are so vital to our community. This process provides our teens with invaluable experience that no other organization in our area can offer.

Permanent Endowment Goal of $100,000
Lives Impacted
100% of everyone who experiences TGF

By reaching our endowment goal, together we will have laid the foundation for something that will do good and last forever for the young people in Henry County.

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson