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Okoboji Foundation


The Okoboji Foundation’s Youth In Philanthropy program started in 2009 with a goal to prepare area youth with 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.

Meet Our Youth In Philanthropy

Carlie Jo Ahrenstorff, Danielle Christoffels, Paul Conover, Veda Danbom, Lauren Ditsworth, Stella Donkersloot, Lauren Duffy, Lacey Duffy, Brooklyn Ferguson, Ben Fisher, Zac Fisher, Isabelle Gehrke, Haley Hallengren, Gracie Hamm, Elli Hanson, Laci Hilpipre, Sydney Hunt, Zach Jensen, Isabella Ostovic, Allison Peters, Graycen Rubis, Avery Smith, Joshua Stoever, Carter Thoreson, Mason Vander Pol

YIP Project Goals

  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.

Support YIP

Everyone is invited to sponsor YIP. There is nothing to buy; the entire amount you give is used for grant awards steered by student decision to vital community projects.