Purpose: Next Generation Philanthropy (NGP) was created and is directed by young professionals along with emerging leaders living and working in the Central Valley. Building on the Central Valley Community Foundation’s (CVCF) expertise and reputation, members will establish a unique and innovative approach to supporting local Community Benefit Organizations.
Throughout the 12-month program, members will learn from peers and industry leaders about the gifts and talents in their community, this will guide them on their own philanthropic journey. Members will engage with each other in a supportive and learning environment. This experience will culminate in thoughtful and informed grant making. Members will apply critical thinking while connecting with others who are committed to social change.
Vision: To connect, cultivate, and inspire the next generation of philanthropists to take action in their community.Mission: To become the premier training program for the next generation of board members, civic leaders, and community activists in the Central Valley.
Program Features: • An inside look at current issues and trends in Fresno County • Candid conversations with Community Benefit Organization (CBO) leaders • Discussions with experienced philanthropists • Networking and information sharing with peers • Connecting members to service opportunities in the community • Introduction to the competitive grant-making process and engaged philanthropy • Membership year runs from July 1st – June 30th
Requirements for Participation: • Members must contribute a minimum of $1,000 per individual or $1500 per couple. • Contributions must be received between July 1st- December 31st of the current membership year. Half of the member’s pledged contribution is due at orientation. • Attend monthly lunch meetings on the third Wednesday from 12:00pm – 1:30pm. • Members can miss up to 3 meetings during the 12-month program to maintain rights to vote during the grant-making process. • Serve on one grant committee of the member’s choice. Participate in service learning project(s) with a cause or organization determined by the group at a later time. • Dedicate an average of 4-5 hours per month to the program.
Service Learning: Service-learning is a unique hands on experience for members to provide support to local CBOs in meaningful service followed with thoughtful reflection. Service learning activities may include, but are not limited to assisting with fundraising, engaging with clients, mentoring, etc. Members will have an opportunity to participate in one to two service learning projects throughout the 12–month program. Off-site meetings may take place outside of the regular meeting times.