The Youth Engagement Fund is the largest network of donors dedicated to increasing civic participation among young people in the United States. We invest in every aspect of youth power-building – from policymaking to organizing grassroots communities to state and national issue and electoral campaigns.
While many describe the Millennial generation as apathetic and disengaged, research shows otherwise. Millennials volunteer in their communities and organize around important issues like criminal justice reform, climate change, and student debt. Young people have the power to determine the outcomes of today's most critical issue, advocacy and electoral campaigns. The Youth Engagement Fund invests in solutions to increase youth participation and sustain it in the long-term.
Austin Belali is Director of the Youth Engagement Fund, where he has moved nearly $4.5 million in aligned and pooled grant-making and established partnerships with major institutional funders to improve youth outcomes and opportunities.
Prior to joining YEF, Belali led a major organizational change process at the 2.1-million-member Service Employees International Union. He is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and co-chairs the Development Committee on the board of a low-wage immigrant organization CASA.
Belali's work has been recognized by Washington Life Magazine and he has been published in Non-Profit Quarterly, Huffington Post, The Hill and MSNBC. Belali has a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University in Washington D.C.