Service learning opportunity through Future Philanthropists program

August 23, 2013

Sponsored by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, the Future Philanthropists Program (FPP) was created in 2010 to teach young people about the art and science of philanthropy. The program provides opportunities to experience the three pillars of philanthropy: giving money to worthy charities, raising money for community betterment, and volunteering one’s time and talents.

High school juniors who reside in Oak Park or River Forest and who attend Fenwick, OPRF, or Trinity High School are eligible to apply for the program. Students who are accepted into the program make a commitment of two years: junior and senior year.

First-year Future Philanthropists make recommendations on how to distribute $25,000 from the Future Philanthropists Endowment Fund to various Oak Park and River Forest charities. Grant awards are then made to selected nonprofit organizations at a capstone event held in April. Second-year Future Philanthropists learn the finer points of raising funds to sustain a program. Adult mentors with notable philanthropic, fund-raising, and volunteer activities serve as leaders of FPP.

 FPP meets on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning in October and ending in April. In addition, a brief field research project conducted in Oak Park or River Forest is required in January or February.

Future Philanthropists make a difference in our community. Additionally, college admissions officers have shown an interest in this unique type of community service learning project. Click here for an application form and instructions, or contact Activities Director Cindy Milojevic ( for more information.

Completed applications are due no later than September 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.