The Young Philanthropists

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, works to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York.

In 2016, the CGLI launched The Young Philanthropists (TYPs) for high school students. TYPs participate in a program designed to spark their curiosity about grantmaking, community impact and philanthropy. After hearing from community leaders and philanthropists in the community, TYPs have the opportunity to award two $1,500 grants to community organizations.

Through an engaging curriculum, students will:

  • Learn about philanthropy and local organizations that are making a difference, alongside students of color from across Buffalo.
  • Collaborate with your peers and decide how to award two grants to organizations that support youth of color in WNY.

There is no cost for this program.


High school juniors and seniors of color who are enrolled at a public, private or charter school within the City of Buffalo, and are interested in learning more about philanthropy and how to make a difference in Western New York.


Learn more about the program by emailing Marlon Kerner, Director of Client Relations and Communities of Giving Legacy Initiatives (CGLI), at