Mission

GiveYoung.org is a Van House Foundation initiative whose main purpose is to help the younger generation learn about giving and volunteering.

By creating events, online content and pairing youth with causes that fit their lifestyles, GiveYoung.org acts as a bridge between the younger generation and nonprofits. By finding new and innovative ways to make learning about philanthropy exciting, we aim to help the younger generation become involved early on in life.

History

GiveYoung.org was founded five years ago as an opportunity to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s within the younger generation in memory of a lost family member. Shortly thereafter, the organization’s mission extended to promote philanthropic awareness as a whole, specifically targeted at the new generation of givers. GiveYoung.org partnered with only 2 nonprofits back in 2011 and has since grown to involve more than 16 nonprofits in its charitable events each calendar year.

Thanks to the success of the cause and its positive feedback thus far, GiveYoung.org has been able to expand its reach to the greater midwest area. We look forward to years of growth and giving in the future.

Nicole and Rick Van House

Founders

When Nicole and Rick Van House married, multiple families were joined together as a result. Together, they share a common goal and passionate desire to educate a new generation about various non-profit opportunities and causes in the area. In 2011, they founded The Van House Foundation and then created its main cause, GiveYoung.org.

With the extended support from the Etkin, Kahrnoff, and Jones families, we are dedicated to the success of our organization and its partners. We strongly encourage you and your family to become a part of the GiveYoung.org movement and The Van House Foundation at any level you feel comfortable. Whether it’s letting us educate you or your children or by participating in our events, we welcome the interaction between our family and yours.

“We are trying to help a younger generation find a cause they believe in. So if that means we need to interact in a different way. That’s what we’ll do.”

Nicole and Rick Van House

Founders

When Nicole and Rick Van House married, multiple families were joined together as a result. Together, they share a common goal and passionate desire to educate a new generation about various non-profit opportunities and causes in the area. In 2011, they founded The Van House Foundation and then created its main cause, GiveYoung.org.

With the extended support from the Etkin, Kahrnoff, and Jones families, we are dedicated to the success of our organization and its partners. We strongly encourage you and your family to become a part of the GiveYoung.org movement and The Van House Foundation at any level you feel comfortable. Whether it’s letting us educate you or your children or by participating in our events, we welcome the interaction between our family and yours.

“We are trying to help a younger generation find a cause they believe in. So if that means we need to interact in a different way. That’s what we’ll do.”

Strategy Council

We are leaders in millennial engagement, working with nonprofit organizations to disrupt the status quo in philanthropy. The percentage of millennials in the workforce is steadily rising, and we aim to tap into that unlimited potential to foster a deep interest in philanthropy. Individually and collectively, our Council is passionate about helping youth connect to charitable causes, with the end goal of teaching them to do good -- for good.