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Be a Sponsor

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 sought to cultivate the philanthropic spirit in local young people, so the Youth In Philanthropy program started in 2009. The YIP program’s goal is to educate area students about the importance of meeting the needs of their community.

Youth In Philanthropy teaches the skills needed to assess community needs, solicit donations and evaluate grant requests to create the stories that serve as the foundation of their community’s history. Each year, students in 9th-12th grades from Lake Park, Okoboji, and Spirit Lake high schools are encouraged to apply to the program. Twenty-five students are chosen and they meet regularly from October through May.

Applications are available August 1st – September 10th.

SINCE 2010...
$586,400 raised
$475,300 dollars granted
214 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 2022-2023 Youth In Philanthropy

Front Row (L-R): Kendal Niemeier, Brooklyn Ferguson, Melika Smith, Lauren Ditsworth, Avery Smith, Grace Pausley, Alaina Hinders, Brylee Lambertus, Hallie Sandbulte, Morgan Riphagen, Addison Johnson, Callie Taylor

Back Row (L-R): Addie Baker, Norah Danbom, Isabelle Gehrke, Nora Conover, Sydney Hunt, Ella Turner, Kaleb Johnson, Joey Andres, Calan Peters, Leo Kinnetz, Paul Conover, August Jones, Teegan Jones

YIP Scholarship Fund

Support Our Youth

The YIP Scholarship fund has been established to support two $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors that have participated in at least one year of YIP. This scholarship will be scored on program participation as it relates to effort put forth and outreach to the community. If you would like to support this effort please consider a gift to our YIP Scholarship fund.

2023 YIP Grantees

$24,500 – Humane Society of Northwest Iowa   

Dog Kennel and Training Renovation Project

$17,493 – Twin Forks Trap & Skeet Club

 Field Construction Project

$11,000 – Spirit Lake Protective Association 

Templar Park Public Dock Project

$7,007 – Spirit Lake Youth Athletics

Triple Play Project