Youth in Philanthropy

Youth in Philanthropy teaches the Next Generation about the importance of community giving.  Students meet October through May to learn about the Okoboji Foundation and other Lakes Community nonprofits and rasie funds to make grants steered by student decision.

Students in Okoboji, Spirit Lake and Harris-Lake Park High Schools in Dickinson County Iowa are encouraged to apply.  The 2019 - 2020 application period is now closed.


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.


Past Youth in Philanthropy Grant Awards to:

  • Microscopes to study Blue-Green Algae at Lakeside Lab

  • Water-saving Plumbing & Refrigeration at Di. Cty. Expo Building

  • Meals on Wheels Food Carriers for Voluntary Action Center

  • Big Spirit Water Quality Buoy for Lakeside Lab

  • Bunk Beds & Mattresses for new Camp Foster Cabin

  • Theatre Roof at Pearson Lakes Art Center

  • VFW/Legion's Memorial Flag Storage Trailer

  • Fish Barrier between Center & West Lake Okoboji

  • Aerial Confidence Course at Lake Okoboji Camp

  • Historic Arnolds Park 125th Anniversary Time Capsule

  • Pearson Lakes Art Performance Technology Upgrades

  • Hope Haven for building improvements

  • Humane Society of NW IA Facility Updates

  • Walking Trail along Miller's Bay at Lakeside Lab

  • Disc Golf Course at Kenue Park

  • Spirit Lake Kiwanis Splash Pad in Memorial Park

  • OF Disaster Recovery Fund for COVID-19 emergency

  • ​Discovery House Facility Repairs

  • Camp Foster YMCA for Chapel Roof

  • City of West Okoboji for Terrace Park Beach Restroom replacement

  • Iowa DNR Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery discharge project

  • Dickinson County Emergency Management for medical equipment

  • Dickinson County Izaak Walton League for trap field improvements

  • Okoboji Sailing School for sailing equipment

  • Lakes Regional Health for EMS equipment

  • Dickinson County Fair Board for a new public address system & new cattle shed

  • Florence Shelter improvements in the City of Milford

  • Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp for water safety equipment

  • Lutheran Lakeside Camp for trail improvements

2019 - 2020 Youth in Philanthropy

2019-2020 Youth in Philanthropy

  • Tyler Adams

  • Carlie Jo Ahrenstorff

  • Brianna Brands

  • Carly Carstens

  • Danielle Christoffels

  • Paul Conover

  • Veda Danbom

  • Cail Donkersloot

  • Lauren Duffy

  • Lexi Duffy

  • Michael Dulin

  • Ben Fisher

  • Gracie Hamm

  • Haley Hallengren

  • Finley Hoien

  • Kacey Krieger

  • Jacob Lamb

  • Olin Myhre

  • Brock Petersen

  • Avery Smith

  • Olivia Smith

  • Adrie Stecker

  • Mason Stover

  • Mason Vander Pol

  • Elle Waterhouse

  • Maddy Waterhouse

  • Evan Winter