Global Philanthropy Education for 100 US Youth

by Allowance for Good


We are enthusiastic to announce our portfolio of 2013 Allowance for Good programs. We invite you to share this note with youth ages 13-18 (or their parents) who you think would be interested in advancing their global leadership development and philanthropic skills this spring / summer. 

All of this wold not be possible without your enthusiasm for our mission. We are indebted to YOU, for your immense support of our work. We hope you will consider investing in our newest programs with a gift this spring. It is the season of renewal, and we look forward to strengthening our commitment to advancing global philanthropic leadership among youth in Chicagoland. We hope you'll join us!

With gratitude,
Elizabeth and the Allowance for Good Team


Allowance for Good is developing the rising generation of global philanthropic leaders. Through each of our programs, we prepare and empower youth to be empathetic global citizens that encourage collective action toward global education equity. Our 2013 portfolio of programs includes:

LEARN AT HOME: Global Catalysts
UPCOMING SESSIONS: Wednesdays, April 3 - June 5 from 7-8:30pm // YMCA McGaw (1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL)

Youth who participate in our global philanthropic leadership program are introduced to themes in global development, philanthropy, and civic action. The program culminates with a Certificate in Global Philanthropic Leadership and equips students with the skills to lead change-based projects in their communities. Apply by March 31st. Learn more.

EXPLORE IN CHICAGO: Global Philanthropy Summit
June 24-27, 2013 8:30am-3pm // Location in Evanston TBD

The Global Philanthropy Summit (GPS) brings together youth ages 13-18 for intensive gatherings to advance personal understanding in and encourage collective action toward global education equity. GPS attendees have the chance to participate in off-site visits, during which they have the opportunity to be inspired by experts from local foundations, corporations, and social purpose organizations about their roles in the philanthropic and international development sectors. Apply by May 1st. Learn more.

ENGAGE AROUND THE WORLD: Global Engagement Expeditions
July 23 - August 4, 2013 // Cambodia

In 2013, we are offering AfG youth the first opportunity to build cultural bridges, combining their commitment to global change with direct service opportunities in a global context. Youth who participate in AfG’s Global Engagement Expeditions have the unique opportunity to engage in mutually-beneficial service opportunities, nurture authentic relationships with children at AfG’s Global Affiliates, and develop empathy alongside people of distinct cultural backgrounds. Apply by March 31st. Learn more.

Please contact us at if you need an extension on any application dates!


Giving brings us closer and makes us happier – this is a time-tested truism, and Allowance for Good youth are beginning to resonate deeply with this reality. This holiday season, we are delighted to share this video highlighting our Young Catalysts as they reflect on their experiences with Allowance for Good. To each of you who have supported us in 2012, thank you. With your belief in our work, we look forward to advancing our mission in 2013.

As the end of the year is quickly upon us, we hope you take a moment to reflect on how investing in the lives of the next generation is one of the greatest gifts we can give our communities and our world. Peace and blessings for a fruitful year ahead.


Dear Friends,


In February 2011, Allowance for Good consisted of one woman with a dream.  There was no funding, no office space, no website, and no semblance of a team.  But, the vision of providing teens with opportunities to be global agents for change had potential to grow – and grow it has. Today, Allowance for Good is a network of U.S. teens that work together to improve the educational potential of youth living in poverty worldwide.


Our ripple effect is beginning to spread: over the past twelve months, Allowance for Good has met meaningful milestones and forged lasting partnerships.  Roots are beginning to take hold.  Our entrepreneurial team has expanded from one to eight dedicated members.  We formed a strategic partnership with The Liger Charitable Foundation, seeking to capitalize on their existing network in Cambodia to bring further change in global education.  And in June, we will host the first ever Global Philanthropy Summit for teens in the Chicago area. The purpose of the Summit is to engage youth in a discussion about global citizenship and philanthropy and to demonstrate how American youth can be empowered to make education available to children around the world.


Each Young Catalyst, as we call the youth who participate in our programs, has the opportunity to affect global change.  One Young Catalyst co-hosted a Concert for Change, bringing over 250 North Shore, Illinois youth together to raise more than $400 for our Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala education projects. Another Youth Advisory Board member led peers in pizza fundraisers, gum sales, and awareness campaigns in her community for our newest partner, The Liger Learning Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


This is not just my story any longer. It is the story of our Young Catalysts, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, AfG team, and you – our investors who have believed in us along the way. We are pleased with our growing success and the efforts of our Young Catalysts; none of this would be possible without the help of our committed donors. I hope you will consider making an investment in Allowance for Good today to show your ongoing support. With your help, we will continue to cultivate a culture of giving and inspire a ripple of change among American youth. 


There are alternatives to responding to global instability with unrest, violence, and global terror. Aligning with this mentality, we at Allowance for Good are providing, as Jeffrey Sachs puts it, “choices that can lead to a much safer world based on a true reverence and respect for human life” no matter our race, religion, country of origin, or social status. This is knit in the fabric of our work today at Allowance for Good. We have created an opportunity for youth to connect with the reality that they can be a part of the solution. Rather than dwelling on images of fear, we focus on hope. Rather than emphasizing the insurmountable tasks of providing proper education, clean water, and medicine for all youth everywhere, we offer the chance to be a part of the solution where we are not bound by barriers and borders but open to balancing the realities of others with our own. It is our collective task to reimagine our world – we need your ongoing support to continue to advance our work developing the rising generation of global philanthropic leaders. I hope you will support AfG today.



Elizabeth Newton


GPS 2012
GPS 2012

We are grateful for your investment in Allowance for Good’s network of youth. Your contribution to Allowance for Good helped teenagers from the greater Chicago assume leadership roles and achieve their philanthropic goals. Thank you!


We are writing to give you an update about the early successes that Allowance for Good and our youth volunteers have attained with your support. Your investment has helped launch the Catalysts for Good program, in which we work side-by-side with young leaders to help them plan projects and promote philanthropic giving for better education services in Guatemala and now also Cambodia. We also made significant changes to our website, giving youth exciting tools to track their philanthropic engagement with Allowance for Good.


We are thrilled to announce that Allowance for Good recently debuted its first Global Philanthropy Summit this June. The Summit was organized to build a core mass of teen philanthropists, whom we call our Young Catalysts, that expressed keen interest in developing individual projects for growing philanthropic giving in their peer communities. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Google Chicago, GlobeMed, and BMO Harris Bank graciously partnered with Allowance for Good to provide these young leaders guidance in philanthropy. To close the Summit, The Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse contributed a pool of $500 for the teens to distribute collectively to our global education projects. Take a moment to watch student highlights from GPS 2012. Most importantly, the Summit is being organized at no cost to the youth participants due to the generosity of donors like you.


Allowance for Good is making an impact. In the words of Glenna Siegel, a senior at New Trier High School and a member of our Youth Advisory Board:


“I have enjoyed the opportunity of experiencing growth in many different forms. I have seen Allowance for Good itself grow as it adds projects and partnerships. My ambitions as a global citizen and philanthropist have grown from local to global, and with the guidance of the Allowance for Good family, I have grown as a force of good. I have also acquired a new confidence in my ability to change the world because, through example, Allowance for Good has proved to me that it is possible.”


We could not do it without your help. With contributions from the friends of Allowance for Good like you, we are helping teens achieve their philanthropic dreams! Within the next few months we will be reaching out to you to further discuss our achievements, our goals, and the opportunities ahead for our Young Catalysts. Please don’t hesitate to email or call (847.893.9514) me with questions about how to continue your investment in the lives of teens both here at home and around our world.


Again, thank you for your generous investment in Allowance for Good.



Elizabeth and the Allowance for Good team 


PS - it is your ongoing support that keeps us growing! Please consider giving today.

On The Freedom Express
On The Freedom Express
GPS Participants in Action
GPS Participants in Action

The world has changed a lot over the past 100 years. It is exciting to see how far our next generation will take us. Our founder and executive director, Elizabeth Newton, was recently featured alongside global changemakers in celebration of Steelcase's 100th Anniversary. Check out her dream

Here is an excerpt from the story, in Elizabeth's words: "The U.S. philanthropic sector is growing and will require informed, engaged philanthropists in the century ahead. In addition, we are living in an increasingly interconnected world. Be it in business or the social sector, we must prepare the next generation of informed global citizens who address global challenges. I believe that the key to creating this change is education – education for U.S. teens that is focused on philanthropy and the broader challenges faced in resource poor areas around the world and education for youth in such resource poor, often remote areas – areas that lack basic clean water, systems, structures, and materials to support necessary primary and secondary education. I envision a world where U.S. youth are open to balancing personal realities with those outside their own culture and are educated to be active global citizens aiming to reduce the cycle of poverty worldwide."



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Allowance for Good

Location: Evanston, IL - USA
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Allowance for Good
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