Legacy Foundation recently launched its youth philanthropy initiative, Lake County Teen Action Group (TAG), as a way to promote youth experiences in philanthropy. In addition to volunteer opportunities, TAG members learn about various aspects of grant-making such as understanding budgets, asking quality questions, and measuring impact.
“TAG gives teens a unique way to give back to Lake County. Students get to look into their communities, establish the need, and discuss with fellow members what they can do to help,” said Maranda Fishback, coordinator of the Lake County TAG program at Legacy Foundation.
TAG is currently accepting applications for grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 17, 2017, at 5:00 PM CST. Grant awards range from $500 to $2,500. Visit legacyfdn.org/grants.php to apply.
All grant requests must include a volunteer portion at which TAG members can participate. This part of the grant is designed to instill nonprofit organization awareness and volunteerism within Lake County youth. TAG members will volunteer at all awarded projects. The volunteer portion of the application must be suitable for high school students between the ages of 14-18 years old.
Lake County TAG provides funding for nonprofit organizations serving Lake County, Indiana, and Lake County park districts and public schools. TAG grants support funding requests in the areas of arts & culture, animal welfare, education, environment, health, and human services.
The teen group brings youth into the decision-making process about the kinds of projects they want to participate in and the types of programs they want to support. “I believe the Teen Action Group helps Lake County teens realize what they are capable of doing – in terms of both philanthropy and personal development,” Said Fishback
Members of Lake County TAG meet at Legacy Foundation twice per month to strategize how they can better support good work happening in the community. Current members include students from Lake Central High School, Hobart High School, Highland High School, and Andrean High School. Membership is open to all Lake County high school students.
For more information on becoming a Lake Count Teen Action Group member, contact Maranda Fishback at 219-736-1880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Legacy Foundation
Legacy Foundation is a community foundation and the leading philanthropic partner in Lake County, Ind. Through the generosity of a wide base of donors, Legacy Foundation has awarded $40 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and individuals since its founding in 1992. The foundation manages approximately $50 million in assets and is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing a diverse spectrum of business, education, and the nonprofit and public sectors. For more information visit www.legacyfdn.org.