Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Case Study #11: Women4Change Giving Circle listens to youth voice to make grants

In fall 2020, the Women4Change giving circle at Hamilton Community Foundation awarded $10,000 in special grants to local charities, thanks to the research and advocacy of high school students in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.

On November 18th, we gathered virtually to celebrate the work of the students and the charities in Hamilton, and to learn more about Mission Services Hamilton – Willow’s Place, the recipient of the top award from Women4Change.

This video contains highlights from that event.

To learn more about Willow’s Place, please visit

"This experience has made us realize that you never know how much of an impact that you can have on others and the importance of helping the community bring awareness to local issues."

Trust in the decision-making power of young people SO THAT you can nurture their understanding of and connection to important social issues in their own community.

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