Give Next is a school-based youth grantmaking program for middle and high school students in Larimer County. Through the program, local businesses, foundations, and individuals become classroom donors by providing each participating school with $5,000 to award to nonprofits in Larimer County, Colorado. With the financial support of these generous donors, students design and manage their own grantmaking programs.
The grantmaking process is the tool through which we shift power to youth, build understanding of complex social issues, and connect youth to each other and their community. Give Next values the insights young people have about the needs in our community and celebrates the impact they can have now and in the future.
This year-long program begins with Give Next Kickoff Day, a day of information and inspiration. Back at their schools, students work together to identify community needs, choose a focus area, create a mission statement, research nonprofits, volunteer, conduct site visits, review grant applications, and make funding decisions. At the end of the school year, students award grants to selected nonprofits.
Primary program implementation partners are Bohemian Foundation and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.