Teens building a better community
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation believes that there should be opportunities for young people to create change. The CommuniCare program provides an environment where young adults learn about the needs of their communities through grantmaking and thus promote a long-term understanding and ethic of philanthropy and volunteerism. By challenging students to engage in community service that is both rewarding and educational, we hope to encourage them to become active adult citizens in their communities.
How the Program Works
In this year-long, student-directed program, CommuniCare groups act as “mini-foundations.” Students begin the year by selecting a community issue or service area that they feel passionate about and are challenged to raise $1,500 during the fall and winter months. Each dollar they raise is matched 10:1 by The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, up to a maximum gift of $15,000. Students spend the rest of the school year completing the grantmaking process – researching Oregon nonprofits whose work aligns with their mission, evaluating grant proposals, meeting with representatives from those organizations, and deciding which to fund.
Additionally, up to 25% of matching CARE funds can go to support projects and programs at their school/district.