The Adam Hanson Youth Philanthropy in Action (YPIA) is a philanthropy education program of the NPBC designed to teach middle school students the importance of philanthropy, and how they can make a difference in their community even at their age.

In 2011, during a partner nonprofit’s annual strategic planning session, they determined they wanted to help start a philanthropy education. Understanding the magnitude of the project, they reached out to the NPBC and assisted with getting YPIA curriculum developed and taught.

In the Classroom – YPIA is one-day-per-week for six weeks class where council members encourage students to learn about their passions and interests while teaching:

  • the history of philanthropy
  • the differences in the sectors of society (nonprofit, for profit, government)
  • how to interview a philanthropist
  • writing a personal mission statement

Classmates are grouped based on common interests and create “case for support” presentations for an imaginary $500 to support local charities. The class votes by secret ballot for the group with the best presentation.

Through a grant from the Community Foundation, winning students and nonprofit receive real money.

Since 2012, more than 1,100 students have received the YPIA curriculum in public and private middle schools throughout Marion County with $25,000 in grants given to nonprofits.

Participating Schools

  • Belleview Middle School (2013, 2015-)
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic School (2012-2016, 2018-)
  • Cornerstone School (2013)
  • Grace Christian School (2018-)
  • Horizon Academy (2016)
  • Howard Middle School (2021-)
  • Fort King Middle School (2015)
  • Fort McCoy School (2021-)
  • Liberty Middle School (2014)
  • North Marion Middle School (2014, 2021-)
  • Osceola Middle School (2013; 2020-)
  • PACE Center for Girls (2012)
  • Redeemer Christian School (2012, 2014)

Nonprofit Grants Awarded

  • American Cancer Society
  • Brother’s Keeper
  • EARS Wildlife Sanctuary
  • FAFO – Fine Arts for Ocala
  • Honor Flight of the Villages
  • Horses for Heroes
  • HUGS Charities
  • Humane Society of Marion County
  • Interfaith Emergency Services
  • Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection
  • Marion Senior Services
  • NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Project Hope
  • Public Education Foundation of Marion County
  • Salvation Army
  • Shriners Hospital
  • Starting Over Ranch
  • The Centers
  • United Way of Marion County
  • VFW Veteran’s Village
  • VOCAL – Voices of Change Animal League
  • Wounded Warrior Project