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Young Philanthropists: A Decade Of Giving

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Time flies when you're doing good things.  The Young Philanthropists in central Illinois Springfield is marking its 10th year.  

The Community Foundation For The Land Of Lincoln approached people who were interested in philanthropy, but had not started. That's according to the Foundation's Vice President of Programs Stacy Reed. 

"It's just a way for people to pool their resources," she said. "Everyone contributes $125 to an endowment fund."

The money has been put to use through grants to local agencies.  The Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, Girls On The Run, Camp Compass and others have benefited. 

Last year, $8,000 was handed out.  In honor of the 10th year, $10,000 will be given.

"To say it's making an impact is very realistic. Especially in these difficult times," said Micah Roderick, Chair of the Steering Committee. "The organizations rely on state payments and there is trouble right now brewing there.  We specifically focus on children's and youth issues."

A kickoff event for this year is at Washington Park Botanical Garden at Thursday June 25 at 5:30 p.m. It's open to everyone, member or not.  It's a chance to learn more.  Those interested need to RSVP.  Email at info@cfll.org or call 789-4431.

Those wishing to join Young Philanthropists must be at least 21 years old. 

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