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Inspiring the next generation

GenNext Saint John, Kings & Charlotte is growing the next generation of philanthropists.

The social impact movement of young professionals is on a mission to inspire the next generation of social changemakers.

It all began about a year ago when Kyle Gulliver, a young finance professional who had been involved in the United Way in other cities, signed on to our community investment advisory committee.

That led to conversations about growing a network that would allow young professionals to connect and give back to the community.

“Many young professionals don’t understand what the United Way does,” says Kyle, who serves as chair of the GenNext cabinet. “Our mission is to close that gap.”

“Philanthropy is for all ages… We don’t want to see United Way donations and participation dry up in the next 10, 20 years because our generation was too late getting involved, or simply didn’t understand the impact that the United Way has on our community.”

GenNext Saint John, Kings & Charlotte has far exceeded initial expectations, with a cabinet of 16 young leaders and another 12 members.

Last September, the group held its first public event – a formal kickoff at Wasted Day Brewing in Saint John. Again, it exceeded expectations with more than 50 people attending.

Its goal is to contribute at least $100,000 to the United Way over five years, through members’ own individual contributions of $500 and then securing donations to match. In addition, cabinet members will be seeking corporate donations.

Since their first event, the group has raised over $15,000 for the United Way.

Kyle says he is impressed by the diversity of interest and backgrounds by individuals who have come aboard.

“This is a true young professional group with a mission not only to do good but to build a wider network,” he says. “It is a win-win.”