One person can make a difference, and every person should try.
- John F. Kennedy
Be a Philanthropist (BAP) began awarding $500 micro-grants in 2012, in partnership with the Peery Foundation. Since then, we have awarded over 250 grants, totaling more than $130,000.
Whether these grants have gone toward buying dozens of chicks to help feed orphans in Thailand, providing clean underwear for Syrian refugees, or purchasing musical instruments for a local Title I middle school, our participants have found that $500, matched with a great idea, can do a whole lot of good!
If you have an idea and want to get started serving your community, you can apply for a BAP grant to make your charitable idea a reality. We are looking for ideas that will meet the small-scale, specific, and currently unfulfilled needs of organizations and people in your community.
BAP grants are funded by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. The BAP program is run by a team of BYU graduate students participating in Grantwell, which is a program that gives graduate students the opportunity to apply non-profit management skills to real-world projects. Our Grantwell team allocates BAP grants according to grassroots philanthropic principles and reports to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation after each round of grants is awarded.