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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...
$424,570 raised
$315,802 dollars granted
154 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 2021 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

2020 YIP Grantees

$24,483 – Iowa Lakeside Lab 

Big Spirit Lake water quality buoy

$10,000 – City of Milford 

Enclosed Florence Park shelter addition

$10,000 – OF Disaster Recovery Fund 

Assist those those affected by COVID-19

$9,089 – Hope Haven 

Spirit Lake Building renovation

$7,500 – Lutheran Lakeside Camp 

Trail improvements

$5,000 – Dickinson County Fair Board 

New cattle shed