How Millennials Are Giving in L.A. and Beyond

July 25, 2012

Generation Y wants to give back to worthwhile causes. Each individual has its own preferences, from donating to volunteering, but the spirit of philanthropy is evident. Millennials also want to take action now and like knowing – and seeing – that every little bit of what they give is making an impact.

Philanthropy is personal, social and real-time; young philanthropists are giving to causes they believe in whenever and wherever, as well as sharing it with their networks through digital channels 24-7. To the next generation philanthropist, philanthropy is integrated quite literally into everyday life.

Philanthro, a 100 percent volunteer-run organization, captures this spirit and helps young professionals get connected to give back.

Through programs that combine giving back with social activities, Philanthro makes philanthropy accessible to everyone. Efforts include parties with 100 percent of net proceeds benefiting other charities, service-related events and education-focused mixers. Philanthro members are able to take what they have learned in their careers and apply it toward campaigns for nonprofits they care about. Either by joining Philanthro or attending Philanthro’s events, more young professionals are able to appreciate giving and understand that it’s not just about donating funds.

Understanding the need to take action now and on a local level to protect the environment (an important cause for our generation), Philanthro will host its second annual national volunteer day, Engage, on July 28. Philanthro is calling to action colleagues and friends to support their own backyards.

All five chapters of Philanthro in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle have partnered with other organizations focused on preserving their local environments. Engage events are free and open to the public. Participants can register by clicking here.

This year’s five Engage events and partnerships are:

• Los Angeles: Maintaining vegetation in the Santa Monica mountains with Tree People
• New York: Planting, mulching, weeding and cleaning the coastline with the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Green Team
• San Diego: Helping to save and restore one of the last remaining Coastal Dune and Wetland Habitats in San Diego with the San Diego River Park Foundation
• San Francisco: Preserving the Golden Gate National Parks by cleaning Baker Beach with Surf Rider San Francisco
• Seattle: Restoring the University of Washington Botanical Garden and Arboretum with EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership

Get connected and start giving back where you are today.

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie Dang is the chief marketing officer for Philanthro, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to engage young professionals in philanthropy through social, volunteer and leadership activities. Philanthro offers volunteer opportunities in event planning, development, marketing, finance and more.  For more information and to become a member, email

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