First supported in Wellesley by The Fund in 2015, Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a program run by the Foundation for MetroWest that helps local youth discover the power of philanthropy when they help allocate funds to worthy youth-serving organizations. More than an extracurricular activity, the semester-long skills-based curriculum helps teens broaden their horizons and gain a deeper understanding of their communities, local needs, and their own strengths and capacities as civic leaders.

Since it began more than 15 years ago, the Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy program has graduated over 900 students and awarded nearly $700,000 in grants to organizations that serve youth throughout MetroWest. The Foundation for MetroWest is proud to be running one of the largest youth philanthropy programs in the country. This Boston Globe article highlights the program. We are very pleased that the Fund for Wellesley is able to provide Wellesley students with the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program in their own community.


The Youth in Philanthropy program at The Fund for Wellesley is open to high school students who are residents of or attend school in Wellesley. Throughout the weekly meetings, participants will learn how to:

• Assess community needs
• Understand how a nonprofit operates and the impact it has on the community
• Read and evaluate grant applications
• Go on site visits to deepen their understanding of potential grant funded programs
• Evaluate and prioritize funding requests
• Make grantmaking and charitable gift decisions
• Raise funds to support their efforts
• Positively affect their communities
• Learn lifelong leadership skills


To learn more about the Youth in Philanthropy programs at the Foundation for MetroWest and apply to participate, please visit the web site for the Foundation for MetroWest.