The 2015 honorees include six of the most outstanding, committed and inspiring donors and volunteers from across North America.
Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group: Youth Making a Difference, Pratt, Kansas
- Youth Making a Difference, a program of the South Central Community Foundation, engages youth from seven counties across Kansas in philanthropy and grant-making. For the past 12 years, 109 students have gone through the YMAD program, inviting grant applications, reviewing documents and making nearly $250,000 in grants to a wide variety of charities. Recent grant recipients include nursing homes, libraries, schools, church programs, hospice, art centers, pregnancy centers, health clinics, food banks, teen centers, mental health services, and 4-H programs.
- One especially inspiring gift was a grant to Sterling High School to help students start their first energy-related classroom project. The school subsequently installed a small wind turbine on its campus, and Kansas Wind Resource recognized Sterling for being one of the first schools to develop an energy program.
Youth Making a Difference’s impact doesn’t just stop when students leave the program. Many continue their philanthropy at the college level, researching and applying for grant opportunities. For example, graduates of the program have helped their college biology class purchase microscopes and purchase equipment for a school tennis team.
Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual: Kinsey Morrison, Louisville, Kentucky
- Diagnosed with aplastic anemia at a young age, Kinsey Morrison (now 18) has raised more than $600,000 for a wide variety of causes, many of them health- and cancer-related, including American Red Cross (Louisville and Albuquerque), American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts, St. Francis School, Aplastic Anemia & MDS Foundation, Camp Quality, and Gilda’s Club Louisville.
- Kinsey uses her voice to champion the “underserved” and challenge perceived injustices in the world—serving as a tutor to immigrants and a peer companion to youth with cancer, becoming a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and helping to write an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court and speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court for marriage equality.
Kinsey has volunteered for many organizations, including the Center for Women and Families, Repair Affair, Salvation Army, Scoutorama, Girl Scouts, Gilda’s Club (camp counselor, peer counselor, and admin), Humane Society, Adelante (tutoring low income Latina teens) and Habla (tutoring Stanford University janitorial staff).
Honorees will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Honors event in New York City on November 12 at the 92nd Street Y.