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Everyone is invited to sponsor YIP. There is nothing to buy. The entire amount of your gift to the YIP Annual Grants fund is used for grant awards to vital community projects steered by student decision. If you choose to give to the YIP Endowment Fund your donation is invested and a portion of the fund proceeds are used each year to support the annual grant process. *Your gift to this fund is also eligible for the state of Iowa 25% state tax credit.

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Okoboji Foundation


The Okoboji Foundation’s Youth In Philanthropy program started in 2009 with a goal to educate area youth on the importance of philanthropy. The program teaches the skills needed to assess community needs, solicit donations and evaluate grant requests to create a ripple of impact in their community. Each year students, grades Freshman to Senior, from Lake Park, Okoboji and Spirit Lake high schools are encouraged to apply to the program. Twenty-five students are chosen and meet October through May. 

Application available August 1st – September 10th.

SINCE 2010...
$525,500 raised
$415,302 dollars granted
190 student alumni


  • Nurture a cohesive, enthusiastic network of youth who are inspired to serve their community.
  • Provide a learning environment in which youth seek community donations in support of their community.
  • Entrust youth with legitimate authority to decide and direct the future of their community through grant-making decisions.
  • Engage youth immediately as active citizens.

Meet Our 2022 Youth In Philanthropy

Front (L-R): Lacey Duffy, Kendal Niemeier, Addison Avery, Lauren Ditsworth, Brooklyn Ferguson, Veda Danbom, Allison Peters, Elli Hanson, Ella Turner, Olivia Tuttle

Back Row (L-R): Zac Fisher, Avery Smith, Isabelle Gehrke, Danielle Christoffels, Paul Conover, Joey Andres, Ben Fisher, Mason Vander Pol, Melika Smith, Sydney Hunt, Mattilyn Evenson, Kaleb Johnson

2022 YIP Grantees

$26,000 – Pearson Lakes Art Center   

Art Smart Children’s Interactive Gallery Renovation

$24,000 – Lakes Area Hockey Association 

Facility Accessibility and Inclusion

$3,000- Okoboji Yacht Club Sailing School

Sonar Sailboat motor and motor mount