Supporting Equitable Approaches to Youth Mental Health & Funders’ Collaborative for Young Minds

Today’s youth are facing unprecedented challenges to their mental health. Youth of color are particularly impacted, as they bear the disproportionate burden of racism, trauma, and inequalities in our health and education systems. Philanthropy has a tremendous opportunity to act now so that all children can thrive. 

Mindful Philanthropy recently launched Thriving in Schools, a series of events and resources designed to help funders better support youth mental health. A key focus area of this initiative is youth of color and the special challenges they face in individual and community well-being. 

We want to hear from the Foundant community! 

  1. What lessons have you learned from supporting youth of color in your work?
  2. How does mental health intersect with your work? 
  3. What considerations would you like to share with other funders, and what would you like to learn more about? 

 About our Funders’ Collaborative for Young Minds 

Join Mindful Philanthropy as we gather education, youth, and early childhood funders interested in mental health for our inaugural Funders’ Collaborative for Young Minds. Learn about how to incorporate mental health into your existing portfolio, identify new high impact opportunities, and develop ways to break through barriers to investing in this important issue area. Leave ready to incorporate mental health in your funding focused on supporting young people, with a network of experts and like-minded peers by your side. This engagement is free of charge and limited to 20 participants. 

The collaborative will include the following sessions. Each session will be 1.5 hours:

  • Session I:  Introduction to the Collaborative - March 31st
  • Session II: Finding Your Focus - April 21st
  • Session III: Integrating Mental Health into Your Portfolio - May 5th
  • Session IV : Getting Ready to Fund - May 19th

To join the collaborative, please complete the following form by March 15th, 2022: Spots are limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Submitting this form does not guarantee registration; a member of the Mindful Philanthropy team will contact you to confirm your spot.  

To learn more about Thriving in Schools, including how to sign up for our email updates, please visit

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