The Brandon and Area Community Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with The United Way of Brandon & District in funding Youth in Philanthropy over the next three years. Participating schools are Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, Vincent Massey Highschool, Ecole Secondaire Neelin High School and Elton Collegiate.

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is for young people who envision a safe, strong community where everyone from any culture and background can work together. YIP helps everyone in our community and you can be a part of it.

About YIP
YIP is designed to introduce motivated young people to philanthropy and local community development. The program will give you hands-on experience working as a team and with local charitable organizations. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

How YIP Works
In September, schools/organizations form YIP committees. Each committee receives $2.500 from the BACF foundation to distribute to charities of their choice. As a committee you decide on your areas of focus, goals and criteria. You will research charities that meet your criteria and learn more about what they do by visiting them and interviewing people who work there.

Each committee member helps to decide which charities will receive grants, how much money each will receive, and how it will be spent. You will then submit your grant recommendations to The Winnipeg BACF Foundation’s Board for final approval. In May, the program finishes up with a celebration for YIP participants, staff advisors and grant recipients.

Why Join YIP?
Through YIP you’ll gain skills that will last a lifetime and learn about some amazing people and organizations doing powerful work to make our community better.

Click here to view our new Youth in Philanthropy brochure.


Program Highlights


Neelin YIP






École secondaire Neelin High School

Helping Hands$500Provide food for homeless people
Sexuality Ed Resource Centre$500Education about sexuality and health toward members of the LGBTQ community
Brandon & Area Youth for Christ$500Giving children tools to move forward in life
Funds for Furry Friends$500Support homeless animals
Prairie Oasis Centre$500Support seniors in our community


Crocus Plains YIP






Crocus Plains Regional Secondary High School

Helping Hands$500Elevator for handicap people
Food for Thought$300Breakfast and lunch program increase
The Salvation Army$400Food to serve daily
Society for Manitoban’s with Disabilities$500Hearing aids for impaired children
Grey Owl Post-Psychiatric Co-op Centre$300Support to people dealing with mental disability
Habitat for Humanity MB$500Issues or needs addressed by this charitable organization


Elton Collegiate YIP






Elton Collegiate

Waves of Hope$500Support kids and families in Westman
CFS Sun Fund for Kids$500Help send children to camp
Brandon & Area Youth for Christ$500Empowering youth to become leaders in our community
Rapid City Library$500Help to start a teen book club
Rapid City Musuem$500Support efforts to renovate museum basement.


Massey YIP






Vincent Massey High School

Canadian Cancer Society$500Child research programs
Westman Dreams for Kids$500Fulfill dreams for sick children
Heart & Stroke$500Women’s health linked to heart disease
Crisis Pregnancy Centre$500Helping women with unplanned pregnancy
Westman Immigrant Services$500Funding for youth programs

For more information on the YIP program or how you can help to keep this initiative viable, please contact the BACF office at 204-571-0529 or e-mail


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