WHS Senior highlights the benefits of Philanthropy Tank
At the end of the school year, Alex Schnider, a Wellington High School graduate who completed the Philanthropy Tank program, said the opportunities the program offered him changed his life and gave him the tools to continue to pursue his dreams.
Philanthropy Tank empowers and inspires the next generation of “money changers” by stimulating and equipping students to implement sustainable service-oriented solutions to community problems.
Schnider founded Alex’s Free Kicks, a program that collects new and lightly used football equipment and redistributes it to communities in need. Philanthropy Tank provided funding for the program in 2019. Since then, Alex’s Free Kicks has grown into his own non-profit organization and has raised over 900 soccer balls and 550 soccer cleats for those in need.
“Philanthropy Tank has helped me open my eyes to the opportunities available to me,” he said. “When I entered the program, I had a small charity that I ran semi-annually. Upon leaving Philanthropy Tank, I have a multi-city non-profit organization with a suitable online presence and multiple connections. Philanthropy Tank has helped me understand how to truly run a business, and I will take these skills with me for the rest of my life.
Schnider confides Alex’s Free Kicks operations to friends while attending the University of Central Florida. He encourages all students in Grades 8 through 12 to apply for the next Charity Float course. “It was truly one of the most influential decisions of my life to join the program,” he said.
The non-profit organization is currently accepting a new class of young philanthropists to apply at www.philanthropytank.org/apply.
“We congratulate our senior graduates knowing they have only scratched the surface of the impact they will have in the world,” said Amy Brand, CEO of Philanthropy Tank. “Through Philanthropy Tank, we share skills that will contribute to the personal and professional development of students who launch their community impact programs. We are inspired by these students and know that the lessons learned from their experiences will serve them well as they continue to grow as philanthropic individuals who care about others and their community’s ability to thrive.
The sixth class of Philanthropy Tank Palm Beach County students recently received nearly $ 70,000 in grants to support their seven student-led philanthropic programs. To date, Philanthropy Tank has awarded nearly $ 700,000 in funding to more than 50 projects.