Teens building a better community


The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation believes there should be opportunities for young people to create change. The CommuniCare program provides an environment where young adults will learn about the needs of their community and develop leadership skills through grantmaking. By challenging students to engage in community service that is both rewarding and educational, we hope to encourage them to become active citizens in the future.

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. Click here for an overview and timeline of the grantmaking process.

Additionally, up to 25% of matching CARE funds can go to support projects and programs at their school/district.

At a Glance

Student Participants
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