The VING project is helping to inspire the next generation of humanitarians by giving away $1,000 dollar checks to teenagers so that they can give it away to a friend, loved one, neighbor, or role model.
If you want to receive money from the foundation, the youngsters are asked to submit a 2-minute video to the foundation explaining why they want to give money to their nominee. If the videos are accepted by the charity, then the $1,000 check is sent directly to the teen so they can present it to their nominee. In April, the VING Project gave away more than $250,000 in checks to teens. It was named VING after the latter part of the word “giving”.
The VING project was founded by Liz Lefkofsky, the wife of Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky. She told WGN-TV in a recent interview that she launched the charity with the hopes of giving teens their own special philanthropic experience which they will never forget. “Those kids ten, fifteen years from now, they will remember that they got to do something powerful and impactful in a crazy difficult time.”