At Colorado Academy, students learn that philanthropy is more than giving away money. The CA Youth Philanthropy Program provides the education, tools, and resources for students to help solve problems through the practice of strategic philanthropy. Students who apply to be part of this program help educate their peers on community issues, and manage and direct the grantmaking process to areas of need identified by the CA community. An anonymous donor provided a generous endowment that makes it possible for the program to award grants totaling $10,000 each year.
The program is run by students and led by two groups of board members representing all three of the school's divisions. Upper and Middle school program boards work as one group. Board members evaluate grant proposals from non-profit organizations, determine which proposals will be funded, and track the successes and failures of the grantmaking process.
This program seeks to educate and empower young people of all ages in grant making and philanthropic endeavors as a part of their leadership development. By actively engaging with charitable organizations, students will seek to make a difference in addressing the local and global dimensions of our most pressing social and environmental concerns.