Outdoor education programs funded with $10.7 million grant
August 07, 2013
In order to broaden their horizons and live healthier lifestyles, many individuals believe young people should spend more time outdoors out in nature.
With this in mind, the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council recently gave a $10.7 million grant to the Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI), Philanthropy News Digest reported. The money will go toward developing new outdoor youth education programs and allow the FYI to separate from the larger council.
The new initiative aims to help local children in California to achieve more academically, avoid obesity, learn about teamwork and a number of other skills and benefits, the news source explained.
"More than ever, young people need opportunities to reach beyond their everyday urban experiences and to understand the outdoors and wilderness," noted Stewardship Council Board President Art Baggett in a press release, as quoted by the Philanthropy News Digest.
FYI not only invests in these outdoor programs, but it is also a grant?-making organization itself. Since 2006, the group's Youth Investment Program has given more than $11.5 million to various charities that work to expose youths to nature.
Foundations and organizations that provide annual funding might benefit from nonprofit accounting software, which can help board members audit funds and make sure the correct amounts are being distributed to various programs each year.