In 2016, The New York Women’s Foundation and the YWCA of the City of New York partnered to create the Girls IGNITE Grantmaking Fellowship and put the power of participatory grant-making into the hands of those who would be most directly affected – namely, in this instance, culturally diverse girls and gender-fluid youth.
The hope was to use young people’s perspectives to help identify grant recipients who are doing innovative work. And perhaps by giving youth this kind of hands-on training and experience with distributing $30,000 in grant money to seven community-based organizations, they could even spark change in the field of philanthropy itself.
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