Youth Contest

For current participants: Four-Month Reporting Form (Due June 11) | Final Reporting Form (Due October 1)

Congratulations to the 2021 Youth Philanthropy Contest Winners!

First Responder Sensory Kits: Katie Hogancamp, Ariana Hilkeman, Erin Hilkeman, Noah Risor, Tristan Beck, Makenna Love, and Phoebe Kleensang – Sensory Kits will be created for and distributed to first responders to use with adults and children with sensory and other special needs during crisis situations.

‘Folks Filling ‘Forks: Sacred Heart Sophomore Discipleship Group – Two food pantry cupboards will be built and installed in Norfolk to help battle food insecurity and encourage a culture of caring.

Ta-Ha-Zouka Cleanup Day: Cole McGregor – A cleanup day will be organized for Ta-Ha-Zouka park to remove trash and make the park more enjoyable for the community.

    • Positivity in Pierce: Eleanor Bauermeister, Joslynn Kraft, and Emelyn Unseld – 150 community members will be encouraged to complete 150 acts of kindness each in celebration of Pierce’s 150th Anniversary.
    • Hadar Park Improvement Plan: Kairi Burhoop, Greenleigh Flesner, Jamee Burhoop, Carl Vogt, Ann Reeker, and Ian Tarr – These students from Immanuel Lutheran School will be making improvements to Hadar Park to benefit the whole community.
    • March On, Veterans!: Callum Skiff – Veterans at the Norfolk Veteran’s Home who are in need of good shoes will be provided with the shoes they need.
    • Community Food Pantry: The Zone Afterschool Program – A community food pantry will be created for the public to support families in the Norfolk community that may not be able to afford groceries during this hard time.
    • Summer Blessings of JOI: Norfolk Panther JOI Club –  Fun and helpful summer items will be provided to the 135 students at Grant and Washington Elementary Schools who participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program.

What is this?

The Youth Philanthropy Contest is an exciting opportunity for youth and young adults to use their creativity, compassion, and love of their community to make a difference.  We want people from Kindergarten through age 25 to ask themselves this question: How can I make a difference in my community?

Applicants will submit their best ideas to change the world, right here in their own backyards.  Contest winners will receive up to $1,000 to implement their projects!

What do you mean “make a difference?”

We are looking for projects that help our community grow and change for the better and are “philanthropic” in nature.  Philanthropy is a big word but it can be easily understood as “giving of your time, talents, and treasure for the benefit of all.”  Here are some questions to help you think about ways to make things better in your community:

      •  What do I care about?
      • How can my caring help others?
      • What in my community needs fixing?
      • What would make my community a better place?

Your idea could be something you’ve been thinking about for a while or a totally random spark of inspiration – as long as it benefits others.  You could save something, create something, or change something.  Tell us about your best idea for making a difference!

What kinds of ideas qualify?

We’re looking for philanthropic projects that:

      • Have a positive impact on the community.
      • Can be completed by October 1st of that year.
      • Take place in Northeast Nebraska.
      • Are charitable in nature (which means it must focus on serving the public interest or common good).
      • Directly involves youth in the project work.

Do I have to do this by myself?

Not unless you want to!  You can do a project on your own, with friends, or as part of a class, club or group.  The contest has five different age-based categories for youth, so find the one that works for you.  Up to ten total projects will receive up to $1,000 to complete their community project.  If you add it up, that is up to $10,000 worth of great things that will be happening to make our community a better place.  See where you fit in below:

      •  Kindergarten – 4th Grade
      • 5th Grade – 6th Grade
      • 7th – 8th Grade
      • 9th Grade – 12th Grade
      • Young Adult (through age 25)

**If the group has various ages of youth, the age group is determined by the age of the oldest person participating.

How do I complete an application?

Applications for the 2022 contest will be available in late 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


The Philanthropy Council of Northeast Nebraska is an account of the Norfolk Area Community Foundation Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.