Over the past decade, South Asians have become one of the fastest-growing demographics in the North Texas area and are projected to become the biggest immigrant group in the US by 2055. The giving circle offers a guide for philanthropic giving with an emphasis on teaching young people to become the leaders of tomorrow by starting today.
The Be the Change Youth Giving Circle completed its first grant cycle with a membership of 25 families, including 47 youth between the ages of 6-18. Each family committed a minimum of $500 and several families took advantage of matching funds raising $12,000 in their first grant cycle. The youth members were involved throughout the grantee research and selection process. They explored issues impacting our community and the organizations that are working to address these concerns. Through a voting process, they nominated three nonprofits to receive grants of $3,500 each to the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, Vogel Alcove and the Texas Campaign for Environment Fund. They visited the nonprofit grantees to meet the leadership teams, ask questions and participate in a site tour and a service project. They also participated in two service projects at the North Texas Food Bank and Love in Motion.
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