What is Youth Philanthropy?

One of The Community Trust goals is to instill in our youth the awareness of our community needs and the desire to be active in our community by means of volunteering and philanthropy. The Youth Philanthropy program does just that.

Two seniors from high schools within the Community Trust’s service area serve for one year on The Youth Philanthropy Committee of The Community Trust. The students are nominated to this program by faculty and staff of their respective school based on their demonstration of excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. They are responsible for granting $10,000 or more to a deserving local charitable organization that services the needs of youth in our area. In 2016, two separate grants at $10,000 and $5,000 each were available.

The committee is supervised by Community Trust Board members and meets periodically throughout the school year. The students review grant applications, rate the applications, perform site visits of the top 8 applicants and prepare presentations on these applications for the committee as a whole. From this process, a final vote is taken to determine which agency will receive the grant.

In the spring, a formal presentation of the grant check is made to the winning agency at a closing awards ceremony.

This program is a win-win situation for our youth and our community; our youth obtain an awareness of their community and its needs, and a local charitable agency receives necessary money to continue their programs!

If you are a non-profit agency that serves the needs of youth in the Greater Lynchburg area, please see the Youth Philanthropy Grant section to learn more about this competitive grant offered by The Community Trust.

The 2016 Youth Philanthropy Grant Recipients


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg


Patrick Henry family Services

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg provides programs for young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Their goal is to provide quality programs and services that will enhance the youths' lives and positively shape their futures.  These programs include Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach and BE GREAT: Graduate.  The $10,000 grant will be used to purchase much needed computer stations, chairs and a printer for the Teen Center so that students have greater access to these resources.

Patrick Henry Family Serivces provides services to children and families at risk through residential programs, counseling and camp or retreat opportunities.  The $5,000 grant will go to support immediate and emergency needs of young mothers and their babies through the newest ministry, Safe Families for Children.  This ministry provides assistance to young mothers-to-be and very-recent mothers who are in vulnerable situations.

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A special thanks to the advisors of the Youth Philanthropy Committee who helped guide the students through this process!



It's Our Mission

The principal mission of The Community Trust is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the establishment of permanent endowments for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, with income distributed annually to charitable organizations within the community.

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