YOuth in Philanthropy


The Foundation for MetroWest developed Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) in 1997 to engage young people in learning about and becoming involved in their communities, and to teach them about the important role philanthropy can play in their lives now and forever.  Since its inception YIP has educated more than 1,500 young people and granted more than $1.1 million to local nonprofits in our community.

Since 2014 The Fund for Wellesley has provided the funding to bring this program to Wellesley.  The Fund for Wellesley recognizes the importance of giving Wellesley teens the opportunity to develop critical skills to support our community.  We know that students who learn to give at a young age are more likely to be philanthropic leaders later in life. Unlike many other service-oriented programs, YIP goes beyond traditional volunteer work, supporting immediate local needs while empowering and educating Wellesley youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists and civic leaders.

This semester-long experiential leadership program developed to empower and educate local youth in grades 9-12 to become the next generation of activists and philanthropists is quickly becoming a tradition for local youth.  Each class grants $10,000 to local youth-serving nonprofits; for Wellesley’s program, these dollars are directed to local Wellesley and surrounding community nonprofits. 

We’re currently in a fundraising campaign to ensure Wellesley YIP is here to stay. Visit our Make a Donation page to learn more and to join us in our efforts.



The Wellesley YIP program runs during the spring session, January through May. To learn more about the Youth in Philanthropy programs at the Foundation for MetroWest and apply to participate, please visit the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy website.