by Wilma Norton in Giving
Young philanthropists support arts efforts
The Artists in Action fund donates $37,500 to four arts programs
We love to see young people involved in charitable giving, so we were excited when high school students Hadley Chillura and Matt Canella and a number of their student artist friends came up with an idea to help arts organizations and learn about philanthropy at the same time.
The young philanthropists organized an art auction earlier this year to raise money for organizations that give underserved youth greater access to the arts. They came to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to set up a donor advised fund as a repository for the proceeds. Part of the reason they chose the Community Foundation was to take advantage of our grantmaking expertise.
We helped them understand how grantmaking works and shared grants requests from arts organizations that had come to us for funding. After looking at a number of programs and ideas, the young people selected four organizations to receive grants from the Artists in Action fund:
Hadley was able to visit Nomad Art Bus and Creative Clay to see firsthand what the grants made by the fund will do — and to participate in a Nomad Art Bus project, top photo, before she and Matt headed off to college this month.