Jackson County youth philanthropists award grants


Local teen members of PBnJ – the Philanthropy Board in Jackson County – are pleased to announce the recipients of group’s 2024 grants. PBnJ grants help youth-serving organizations strengthen and grow their programs. 

Students awarded $1,000 to each of the following organizations:

  • Sunshine Daycare for rebuilding their outdoor activity area
  • Marquette Catholic Schools for staff CPR training
  • Maquoketa Middle School for the seventh grade field trip

PBnJ’s mission is to empower youth to improve the quality of life where they live through giving and leadership. Through its grantmaking process, PBnJ engages and empowers young people throughout the community, such as Easton Valley High School sophomore Emily Matthiesen.

“I have learned the impact of philanthropy in our community from participating in many service projects in Jackson County through PBnJ,” she says. “I have been able to see the direct benefits our efforts have on those in need. Though our actions, we are able to make a difference in our community.”

PBnJ is made up of 25 students from all five high schools in Jackson County and is overseen by the Community Foundation of Jackson County as well as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Students learn about fundraising, grant writing, community service, community needs, and how nonprofits serve residents. Students in grades 10 through12 are welcome to apply to join PBnJ by contacting their school counselors in the fall. 

The Community Foundation of Jackson County offers many opportunities to improve quality of life by addressing an array of local issues. To learn more about how you can establish a fund or make a gift that impacts your community, contact Executive Director Lori Loch at 563-588-2700.