Who Are Emerging Philanthropists?

There will be an informational session at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Bloomington Public Library. You’re invited to attend and find out how you can give back to your community as an Emerging Philanthropist. 

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 from 4:45-6:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. The program runs from September through June. 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.

View an Emerging Philanthropists flyer and application. If interested in joining Emerging Philanthropists, please download the application, fill it out and bring it with you to the September 20 meeting.

Questions? Contact Aaron Hays.