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! The Columbus Area Philanthropy Council encourages local youth (kindergarten to age 22) to ask themselves: How can I make a difference in my community?

Applicants submit their ideas to change the world, right here in their own backyard. Contest winners will receive up to $1,000, and a mentor, to help implement their projects.

2020 Youth Philanthropy Contest Flyer

The application process for the 2020 Youth Philanthropy Contest is now closed.


2019 YPC Winners

Rockin' for the Residents

Second graders from a local elementary school were invited to learn a dance and perform for the residents at Brookestone Acres. These students otherwise would have not had an opportunity to do dance.

The Real Cure

A small library was built for Columbus Community Hospital to give patients the opportunity to dive into a book.

Good Night's Sleep

Air mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows were provided to kids in the Columbus community who do not have beds of their own. These items provide kids a better chance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Cancer Care Packages

Canvas totes with necessary supplies were gathered and put together to comfort the patients receiving chemotherapy at Columbus Cancer Center. Hand-written positive notes were also written.

Twirling Tutus

A summer dance class for kindergarten through third grade was provided to kids within our community who cannot afford dance. The free four-week class ends with a recital at Columbus Days.

Get in Touch

Director: Deb Loseke

Location: P.O. Box 1734, Columbus, NE 68602

Telephone: (402) 606-6783