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Morning Star Leaders Youth Council learns about philanthropy at ACF

​JACOB MOOREThe Arizona Community Foundation recently enjoyed the privilege of hosting a learning circle from the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, a group of young Native Americans representing various tribes throughout Arizona. Jacob Moore, who is Vice President of Tribal Relations at Arizona State University and a member of ACF’s Board of Directors, and Elisa de la Vara, ACF Chief Community Officer, presented an overview of the Foundation and provided an example of what philanthropy looks like in practice.   

Jacob and Elisa led the students in a mock grantmaking session, allowing them to advocate for nonprofit work serving important needs of Native American youth. Through the exercise, the students realized the responsibility of making choices with limited funds and understanding the grantees' role in delivering the services committed by the award. 

While they worked together in the mock session, the Arizona Community Foundation surprised the students by announcing that grants would be awarded, based on the recommendation of the students.

The projects selected for funding were:
    ELISA DE LA VARA AND THE MORNING STAR LEADERS
  • Three Precious Miracles, whose mission is to support foster families for Native children so they can provide a loving, caring, culturally sensitive and safe home to care for Native foster children. 
  • Morning Star Leaders, to support the annual backpack drive that makes backpacks and school supplies available to Native children.  

The Morning Star Leaders Youth Council is a group of students who are committed to developing themselves as leaders through education; learning how to give back and make an impact in their community from local organizations and from one another.

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