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Giving and learning together
Guests mingling at Fourth Generation's Graze 4 Good event

Fourth Generation is a hands-on experience in philanthropy for rising leaders who care about local issues and want to make a bigger impact.


Since Fourth Generation started in 2010, members have raised more than $700,000 to address critical issues like mental health, youth homelessness, food justice, affordable housing, place-based disparities, climate justice, economic mobility, education equity, and more. Here’s how it works:


Members listen to community and learn from experts about a critical local issue while examining the practice of philanthropy.

Share & Connect

Members connect with their peers and community members to broaden their outlooks and learn about the barriers that hold inequities in place.


By pooling contributions, resources, and diverse perspectives, members collaborate to create an accessible and equitable grantmaking process.

Become a Member

Learn how to join Fourth Generation and make a bigger impact.


Get on our mailing list and attend our September kickoff or another fall meeting to get a sense of what we’re all about. Fourth Generation meets on the third Wednesday of every month. You’re also welcome to reach out to Sara Lueben with questions.


Ready to join? Fourth Generation members each pledge $500 to the group’s giving. Pledges are due at the end of December, and payments are due at the end of March. Payment options and scholarships are available.


Fourth Generation makes grantmaking decisions in the spring. We announce awards in May and celebrate with our grantees at our year-end celebration event.

Fourth Gen members at fundraiser

The Latest



When Amy Podlesak started working at Land O’Lakes, she brought ideas and insight from her time with Fourth Generation.

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Fourth Generation Awards $80,000 in Grants

Fourth Generation capped off its 13th grantmaking cycle by awarding $80,000 in grants to eight local organizations that are working to advance education equity.

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Fourth Generation Awards $50,000 in Grants

Fourth Generation completed its 12th grantmaking cycle by awarding $50,000 in grants to five local organizations that are providing critical services in support of mental health justice.

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Advisory Committee

Kelsey Tyler Board Chair
Grace Rose Grantmaking Chair
Laura Pancoast Education and Equity Chair
Sarah Carlson Education and Equity Chair
John Wulterkens Graze 4 Good Chair
Michael Giovanis Membership and Engagement Chair
Chelsea Delong Finance and Fundraising Chair
Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos Public Relations and Communications Chair


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Reach out to Sara Lueben to learn more about how you can be a part of Fourth Generation.

Sara Lueben
Director of Collective Giving