We are honored to recognize Eva
the recipient of our 2014 Children in Philanthropy Award.
As a young girl, Eva Dickinson was exposed to the needs
of those around her and taught by her church, family and
school that taking care of others is a duty for which each
person is responsible. To reinforce this, she made “giving
jars” as a Lenten activity in Sunday school, which included
a set of three jars; one marked “for now” (fun), another
“for later” (savings), and the last “for others” (those in
need). Into these jars Eva would divide the money she
received, a task requiring her to think of others in
addition to herself. Eva considers these teachings to be key
lessons that help her to regularly remember to prioritize
giving of both her time and money to benefit others.
Last summer, Eva stepped forward and volunteered to be
one of the leaders for The One Thing project. The One Thing
identifies student leaders from Northeastern Ohio and
engages them through training and awareness and empowers
them to be philanthropic, civic-minded leaders. This project
is a way for high school leaders, shapers, motivators, and
changers throughout Northeast Ohio to come together to
become better leaders and philanthropists for the future by
changing the world around them today. In its first year,
that project raised nearly $50,000 for various charitable
organizations and involved more than 150 students from
schools throughout Northeastern Ohio.
Eva also participates in “Crop Walk,” spends hours
raising funds for ACCESS (an Akron-based charity helping
homeless women and children), helps organize and
participates in “Kick it for Cancer,” and recently joined
other youth in assisting flood victims in western New York.
Eva’s interest in helping others has culminated in the
founding of her own organization called “Ycare” or “YouthCare.” Ycare’s mission is to involve the youth of today in a
program dedicated to caring for and helping others in order
to help create the kind of future adults the world needs.
Through her organization she has, among other things,
provided child-sitters for parents who wanted to learn to
read, but lack the support to allow them time to do so. Now,
as a senior at Our Lady of the Elms High School who will be
heading off to college next year, Eva is working on plans to
incorporate her love for philanthropic work into her
long-term educational and life goals.
The National Philanthropy Day luncheon celebration will be held on
Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Sponsorships
are now available. For more information,
September 18 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
President’s Hall at
the Akron Urban League
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14 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm
National Philanthropy Day
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