Youth Philanthropy Council

Youth Philanthropy Council

For nearly 15 years, Hutchinson Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council has groomed Reno County’s next generation of philanthropists.

Each year, a group of high school students transforms into a close-knit council as they learn about Reno County’s strengths and challenges and build a common vision for Reno County. The Council’s work culminates in a grant process that awards $3,000 to youth-serving organizations.

“I’m always impressed by how seriously YPC members take the responsibility of awarding grants. They know their decisions represent the interests of the donors and impact the life of an organization,” said Aubrey Abbott Patterson, Community Foundation President and CEO.

YPC grants are made possible through the Richard W. Dillon Memorial Fund for Youth Philanthropy, which the Dillon family established to honor Dick Dillon and his extensive philanthropic work in our community.

Garrett Laughlin
Sometimes the voices of youth can be diminished, but through Youth Philanthropy Council, we have a chance to speak up and make a difference.
- Garrett Laughlin, a former YPC co-chair, Haven High School

Inspiring Young Philanthropists

Maren Berblinger

Hutchinson Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council helped grow Maren Berblinger’s love for community service. Berblinger, who attends Kansas State University, is even pursuing a minor in nonprofit leadership. She continues to give time and talents to community betterment projects by volunteering with Big Help in the Little Apple, coordinating community service events for her sorority, and working with Habitat for Humanity.

2018-2019 Youth Philanthropy Council Members

Buhler High School

Trenton Hopkins
Alyvia Owens
Mary Waln


Central Christian School

Cory Embers
Eli Pisano
Dazia Simms


Fairfield High School

Kayley Brown
Dusti Ryan

Haven High School

Abigail Nisly
Payton Paramore
Dylan Yoder


Home School Association

Vaughn Mahoney


Hutchinson High School

Allison Link
Megan Pankratz

Nickerson High School

Alex Altum


Pretty Prairie High School

Tristan England
Keelan Stucky


Trinity Catholic High School

Dan Mailloux
Emma Vogel


Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about the Youth Philanthropy Council, contact Sarah Blake.

Sarah Blake, Philanthropic Services Associate