Guilford Interact Student Advisory Fund
This is a restricted, field of interest fund. Field of interest funds are responsible for distributing grants to area non-profits within the specified focus areas.
In the late 1980’s, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, funded a challenge grant through the Michigan Community Foundations’ Youth Project (MCFYP) to promote establishment of youth grantmaking bodies within community foundations. The intent was to serve youth in their communities by addressing issues of importance to them. The result of this effort was a proliferation of Youth Advisory Committees (commonly called YACs) throughout larger foundations in Michigan and neighboring states.
With youth being a critical focus area of The Guilford Foundation, the Board researched ways to incorporate the best elements of the YAC model into its fold. The answer was to partner with an organization that is committed to development of Guilford’s young people in areas of vital importance such as leadership, compassion and responsible philanthropy. The Guilford Interact Club is that organization.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 12,300 clubs in 133 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 290,000 young people are involved in Interact.
The Guilford High School Interact club is sponsored by the Guilford Rotary club, which provides support and guidance, but it is self-governing and self-supporting. With a focus on community service both domestically and internationally, Interact furthers international understanding, local service to the community and goodwill towards all. Through these efforts, Interact students develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs while learning the importance of developing leadership skills, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, and understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work. Club membership is open to any Guilford High School student who supports these core beliefs and values.
Via the support of this fund, The Interact Club will serve as a Student Advisory Committee to the Foundation. In this capacity, they will review, evaluate and recommend potential grant recipients for services, programs and activities that serve to address the philanthropic needs of the Guilford community served by the Foundation.
Indicative of its commitment to this endeavor, the Foundation donated the initial $5,000 to this fund and guaranteed availability of additional annual matching grants of up to $5,000 in each of the Foundation’s fiscal years ended 2011, 2012 and 2013 for a total potential commitment of twenty thousand and xx/100 dollars ($20,000).