The 2016-17 Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank program is now underway and accepting applications. Philanthropy Tank challenges Palm Beach County students in seventh to 12th grade to develop sustainable community betterment projects.
Winners receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from a local philanthropist-investor, and up to $15,000 in project funding. The deadline for application submissions is Dec. 9.
Finalists will be announced Jan. 25, 2017 and will “pitch” their community betterment projects to a panel of four local philanthropist-investors. The Philanthropy Tank main event will take place March 8, 2017 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Philanthropy Tank’s objectives are three-fold: benefit students through the process of the competition, by developing leadership and presentation skills, and through developing and executing philanthropic programs; provide philanthropist-investors a platform for direct action in the actual work of their students’ community betterment projects; and benefit the community through authentic, sustainable community betterment projects that operate long after the awards have been announced.
“Philanthropy Tank is an opportunity for local philanthropists to work directly with motivated young people from our community. We know from past participants — students and philanthropist-investors alike — that the Philanthropy Tank is proving a uniquely rewarding and fundamentally inspiring way to make meaningful change in our community,” Philanthropy Tank Co-Chair Evan Deoul said. “Our immediate challenge is getting students to apply, and our Oct. 9 workshop will guide them in how to submit a winning application.”
Students, parents, educators and community advocates considering the 2017 competition are encouraged to attend a free informational workshop, taking place Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Attendees should RSVP for the workshop by Oct. 7 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.