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Youth and Philanthropy Intiative expands to U.K.

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More than 1500 students in London to learn the business of philanthropy

 

The Toskan Casale Foundation today announced that it has joined forces with England’s Institute for Philanthropy to expand its acclaimed Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) into the U.K. This fall, more than 1500 students in 10 London schools will participate in the first introduction of YPI outside of Canada.

YPI is the brainchild of Julie Toskan-Casale, the first Canadian to graduate from the Rockefeller Foundation's Philanthropy Workshop. There, she met Dr. Salvatore LaSpada, director of the Workshop, who became an invaluable mentor. As Chief Executive for the London-based Institute for Philanthropy, Dr. LaSpada cements his commitment to the “pay it forward” model of philanthropic education by working with the Toskan Casale Foundation to launch the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative outside of Canada. This is also the first youth-focused program offered by the Institute of Philanthropy.

“I’m excited and proud to see YPI move into the international community, and thrilled to be working again with Dr. LaSpada,” said Julie Toskan-Casale, founder of YPI. “Our strategy of educating and empowering kids to recognize and address social needs in their communities has been a huge success in Canada. I have no doubt that, under Dr. LaSpada’s guidance, YPI will have a positive impact on kids and communities in England. This could also open the doors to other strategic alliances throughout Europe and beyond.”

Dr. Salvatore LaSpada, Chief Executive of the Institute for Philanthropy, stated "The Institute for Philanthropy is thrilled to be collaborating with the Toskan Casale Foundation. As an organization committed to nurturing a new culture of giving, we look forward to working with schools and charities to create a generation of active citizens."

Julie Toskan-Casale launched the Toskan Casale Foundation with her brother Frank Toskan and husband Victor Casale in 2001, and the following year introduced YPI as a way to encourage philanthropy and community involvement among young people. This unique program integrates a classroom-based learning with practical application and real funding. Today, YPI is in 120 Canadian schools and has enabled young philanthropists to donate more than $1,000,000 to social service programs in their own communities.

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