The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI Grant to a local charity through a unique programme of team work, research and competition. YPI Scotland is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about.
Originating in Canada, YPI is now an international programme and, in 2015/16, will be delivered in partnership with 195 secondary schools from across Scotland. This represents in excess of 26,000 young people participating in YPI Scotland, with responsibility for directing £585,000 of YPI grants to small, local charities.
The programme is principally funded and managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation.
Aims of YPI:
  • To engage a full year group of participating students (S2-S6) through a curricular based programme.
  • To develop the next generation of responsible citizens and effective contributors.
  • To develop the skills and confidence of young people through a real life, hands on experience of philanthropy.
  • To raise awareness of social service issues and the work of local charities, and channel funds to them effectively.
We provide a suite of annually updated resources and support through our website:
For further information visit our website or see our prospectus below.



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YPI Scotland, Head Office, The Wood Foundation, Blenheim House, Fountainhall Road, Aberdeen
AB15 4DT