Since 2010, Holly has worked with the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, a multi-award-winning secondary school project that was created by the Toskan Casale Foundation, a private family foundation in Toronto. In 2016 Holly helped the founders to launch YPI Canada as an independent public foundation, and now serves as the organization’s first Executive Director.
YPI’s mission is to support the immediate needs of social service charities, while contributing to the conditions for lasting social change. Since 2002, more than 400,000 secondary school students have completed YPI’s inclusive philanthropy project across Canada, the UK, and New York. They have participated in awarding millions of dollars to local charities, and in building awareness for services that impact millions of people. YPI students challenge stigma and change behaviours, by teaching their peers and community members about urgent social issues and the valuable work of local charities.
Holly serves on the Youth Giving Advisory Committee for the US-based Foundation Center and its program, GrantCraft, and has been featured in articles about youth philanthropy published in the past year by Imagine Canada, Charity Village, and Hilborn. She has spoken about the topic of youth philanthropy at conferences in Halifax, Toronto, and California.
Holly has worked in social and environmental education for over 15 years, including for a charitable foundation in Hong Kong; for Frontier College, in their excellent “Beat the Street” program for young adults; and for several Toronto-based environmental organizations: University of Toronto Sustainability Office, Garden Jane, Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op, and Evergreen’s Learning Grounds.