Who Are Emerging Philanthropists?

Emerging Philanthropists
Investment starts now


Between the ages of 20-30, important personal and professional decisions are made. Young people are faced with so many BIG questions: Move? Marry? Save? Spend? School? Work? Rent? Buy? Kids? Puppy? Happy? The “real world” can be a daunting place but being engaged in the community can bring connection and inspiration. Sharing time, talent, and treasure with causes that matter is very empowering. With Emerging Philanthropists, we ask young people to answer one question loud and clear: Give? Yes. Because investment starts now.

Emerging Philanthropists will:

  • Examine issues of youth, health & wellness, the environment, education, arts & culture, and employment
  • Serve local human service agencies and learn about the nonprofit sector
  • Meet young and active community leaders who are making a difference
  • Work as a team to support important programs
  • Learn new skills such as grant writing, project management, and comprehensive planning
  • Have fun and explore new places in the community

Group members are asked to give time, talent, and treasure

TIME: Gatherings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 4:45-6:15 pm. The program runs from September through May. the group will meet at a different location in the community every month to learn about local issues, understand the work of nonprofits, and provide direct service.

TALENT: Group members will be selected to create a strong cohort of young leaders. A wide range of individual talents will bring richness to the group. Members will also develop new talents through the program.

TREASURE: Each person is asked to give a monthly gift equal to her/his age. A 28-year-old makes a $28 gift. Half of that amount is given to nonprofit hosts and half is invested in an Emerging Philanthropist Endowment at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Click here to view the application. This year’s program will end in May, 2016. Check back here for the application deadline for the 2016-2017 sessions. Applications should be sent to arc@iwu.edu or Illinois Wesleyan University, Action Research Center, PO Box 2900, CLA 116, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900.

Questions? Contact Deborah Halperin at dhalperin@iwu.edu, Ryan O’Connel at ryan.o’connell@ml.com, or Aaron Hays at aaron.hays@prudential.com