Tomorrow’s Leaders Stepping Up Today

United Way of Southern Nevada recognizes and applauds the accomplishments and efforts of this dynamic group of young philanthropists. These leaders are passionate about creating lasting change in alignment with United Way’s community-based agenda goals focusing on Education, Health and Financial Stability.

Young Philanthropists Society is a membership group of young financial contributors who are committed through resources and time to give back to their community through philanthropic efforts, advocacy and volunteerism.

Members of the Young Philanthropists Society benefit by increasing their community involvement, understanding the non-profit agenda and engaging in meaningful experiences that will prepare them for community leadership.

Young Philanthropists Society Mission

To make a difference in children’s lives through volunteerism, mentorship and events by harnessing the energy, commitment and diverse skills sets of the next generation of leaders.

  • Young Philanthropists enjoy a full roster of educational, social, and service events designed to help them improve their leadership skills and expand their personal and professional contacts. Business networking, volunteer and social opportunities, recognition in the leadership giving roster and special communications are some of the unique benefits of being a member of the Young Philanthropists Society.
  • Lunch with an Executive/Leader: Members network and have lunch with high level business and community leaders.
  • Active Community Service and Volunteer Projects: Young Philanthropists and their families come together to provide community service to those in need.
  • Networking and Social Events: Members develop personal and professional relationships through a variety of events throughout the year.

YPS In The Community

The “Piggy Bank”

Launched on Oct. 5, 2012, YPS created the “Piggy Bank” program as an innovative, real-world solution to teach the students at Walter Bracken Elementary School how to save and be financially responsible. A collaboration between UWSN, YPS, Walter Bracken Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), Andson Foundation and various volunteers, the “Piggy Bank” program includes financial literacy curriculum and a kid-friendly bank with a bank teller counter, a TV to showcase each classroom’s savings and decals on the walls with money saving tips.

The only program of its kind in Nevada for elementary school children, the “Piggy Bank” helps children to learn how to save and make smart financial decisions at an early age so that growing up they are armed with the knowledge of the importance of saving. The “Piggy Bank” program inspired the children to save over $42,000 from October 2012 to May 2014.

In January 2014, YPS extends this program to more children with the introduction of the second “Piggy Bank” at Hollingsworth Elementary.

Hollingsworth Elementary

YPS has been a long time friend and supporter of Hollingworth Elementary. This year, YPS again will offer the children of the school a very special Holiday Party. Every child will receive an age appropriate gift and will be reminded that someone out there cares about them. YPS will also host monthly birthday parties for children whose birthdays fall in that month. Birthday parties can be an expensive endeavor for families, and as such, YPS has stepped up to ensure every child feels special on their birthday.

Learning Program for children with Down’s Syndrome

This year YPS expands their reach into the community by their partnership with the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada via the Learning Program, designed to deliver evidence based educational support to children, parents and teachers in the areas of literacy and math. Offered throughout the school year, this program provides additional individualized instruction to children and their caregivers, so that their needs are met and they have the greatest chances for success. YPS’ partnership allows this valuable program to double their capacity and allows for a second age group, 7-8 year olds, to also receive this critical support.

Sports and Nutrition for children

YPS’ commitment to children and their health powers Desert Reign’s Sports and Nutrition Camps for children, expanding current capacity to reach in total over 2500 children in 2014. Camps provide immersion into physical activity and fitness as well as the ABC’s of proper nutrition and healthy eating. These camps aid in helping children succeed cognitively, socially and athletically.

Books & Buddies

A multi-generational reading program that connects all ages to grow the love of reading, Books and Buddies helps facilitate reading and literacy in the home. YPS’ support of this program in conjunction with Spread the Word Nevada allows for expansion of this program to reach an additional 150 at-risk children. Through mentoring, book supplies, and comprehension inquiry, post-test results demonstrate the effectiveness of this important program.


YPS Member List

Executive Members ($2,500)

Not Pictured:
Edward Koijane | Jeffrey D. Mitchell | Robert Murray | Geoff Spataro | 1 Anonymous

General Members ($1,500)

Not Pictured:
Michael Brown | Monica Habart | Kimberly Hopps | Tom Kovach | Michelle Lindsay | Jill Maradiaga | Christopher Mays | Tim McGovern | Tim Olson | Mathew D. Reid | Scott Savarda | Bridgette Villamor | 1 Anonymous

YPS Executive Chart


Co Chair  Michael Santos 
Co Chair Chelsie Campbell
Project Funding Committee Chair Robert McPeak 
Membership & Outreach Committee Chair Jordan Sacca
Piggy Bank & Volunteer Committee Chairs Chelsie Campbell & Justin Micatrotto
Leadership and Roundtable Committee Chair JB Hossler
Communication Committee Chair Tivona Betz


YPS Membership Info

Become A Young Philanthropist Society Member:

The Young Philanthropists Society is open to professionals who:

  • Want to connect and make a difference in their community
  • Invest $1,500 minimum annually (general membership) or $2,500 minimum annually (executive membership)
  • Volunteer their time and talent

General Membership | Invest minimum $1,500 annually

  • Receive listing recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
  • Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees
  • Eligible to participate in YPS functions
  • Act as ambassadors at United Way and YPS functions and events

Executive Committee Membership | Invest $2,500 annually

  • Eligible to serve as a co-chair on one of the YPS committees
  • Act as hosts at United Way functions and YPS events
  • Receive photo and name recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
  • Receive photo and profile rotating spotlight opportunity on website
  • Invited to attend Executive Committee meetings and provide leadership for the direction of YPS
  • Receive the opportunity to vote on YPS funding opportunities

Become A Member Here
For membership information please contact Liz Vohwinkel, Senior Director of Major Gifts at (702) 892-2344 or

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YPS Upcoming Events and Meetings


September 23, 2014 (Tue)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception | Meet and Learn what southern Nevada legislators are focusing on for 2015
The Non-Profit CEO Advisory Council of United Way of Southern Nevada, invites you to a cocktail reception to meet and learn what our southern Nevada legislators and local community leaders are focusing upon for our upcoming 2015 legislative session. Guest speakers for the evening are Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Senator Michael Roberson. United Way of Southern Nevada 5830 W Flamingo Rd LasContinue Reading


October 23, 2014 (Thu)
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Brasilia Ballroom

Community in Blue | Campaign Celebration 2014
Sponsorship opportunities available. Click for info. Join us for a celebration of our donors and workplace campaigns who support us throughout the year! We are hosting our annual 2014 Community in Blue | Campaign Celebration on Thursday, October 23 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Brasilia Ballroom. The event celebrates United Way’s recentContinue Reading

YPS Volunteer Opportunities

  • Stay tuned for a list of our 2014-15 Campaign Year Volunteer Opportunities”
  • Be a part of the Change! If you have ideas on how to make YPS bigger and better than ever, join or Chair one of our Committees. See below for more information to see which YPS Committee is right for you!

Project Funding Committee - Reviews funding applications and assists with the YPS budget. Helps determine guidelines for future project funded.

Membership & Outreach Committee - Develops strategies for marketing, recruitment and retention of existing members, plans outreach events, leadership roundtables and YPS Thank You events.

Volunteer/Piggy Bank Committee - Collaborates with YPS members to determine volunteer project in which the members have interest in. This committee also manages the Piggy Bank project – securing volunteers, materials and reviews expansion possibilities.

The Communication Committee – Assists with marketing and communications with YPS members and the community, promotes events and develops the content for our bi-monthly e-newsletter.

YPS Spotlight | Brian Maddox

Helping those in need to achieve their dreams, Brian Maddox provides possibilities where none exist through his career and his support of United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society. Brian grew up in Worcester, MA and before college worked several odd jobs throughout the city, which motivated him to obtain a college education with a Master’s degreeContinue Reading

YPS | Helping Children Learn to Save

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) members treated over 100 students at Bracken Elementary School on Wednesday, May 21 to a Root Beer Float Celebration. Students who had the highest participation in the “Piggy Bank” program during the 2013-14 school year got to indulge in the summertime favorite dessert, sponsored by theContinue Reading

New Affinity Group Members

Welcome to all of the new United Way of Southern Nevada affinity group members that have joined since 12/17/13. Tocqueville Society Elliot Chambers Jill Fournier Glen Howard Steven & Carrie Larson William Russell Philippe & Christelle Ziade Women’s Leadership Council Janice Paligutan Barr Philamee Bennett Mikey Bilbray Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher Kathryn Bonello Elizabeth Brickfield Paula BrowneContinue Reading

YPS Spotlight | Leroy Godfrey

Leroy Godfrey came into our fine town with gusto! He relocated to Las Vegas six months ago to open Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Town Square, which opened on January 17. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Leroy has a passion for steaks, large plated servings and giving back to the community. “IContinue Reading

YPS Featured Photos | January 2014

YPS Spreads Cheer to Students at Hollingsworth Elementary

Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) members are passionate about the community and in particular young, struggling students who just need a helping hand. YPS hosts volunteer opportunities at Hollingsworth Elementary to give its members an opportunity to meet the students and inspire them to dream for their futures by meeting young leaders who have achieved theirContinue Reading

member news

YPS Member News | July 2014

Welcome new YPS donors:  


Timothy Olson


Chad Silver


Holly Skarpac


Chris Way (returning member)

Michael Amos

Congratulations, Michael Amos, on your Promotion as Call Center Supervisor!



featured photos

YPS Featured Photos | July 2014

YPS Featured Photos | March 2014

YPS Featured Photos | January 2014

YPS Featured Photos | November 2013

community partners

Thank you to our Community Partners!

Andson Foundation
Bracken Elementary School
Community In Schools
Ernst and Young
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Future Smiles
Hollingsworth Elementary School
JR Achievement
NV Energy
Opportunity Village
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Silver State Schools Credit Union
Spread the Word Nevada
yps member spotlight

YPS Member Spotlight | Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro As a Las Vegas resident for over 25 years, Dan Shapiro considers himself a native. And although he doesn’t take his career as an accountant for Ernst and Young lightly, he has made it his mission to improve our Nevada education ranking. “I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.Continue Reading

YPS Member Spotlight | Leroy Godfrey

Leroy Godfrey came into our fine town with gusto! Having a passion for steaks and large plated servings, his awe of steakhouses dates back to… well we won’t date him, but let’s just say – he has the experience and hospitality know-how that will propel a widely recognized restaurant group’s venue on to the sceneContinue Reading

YPS Member Spotlight | Amanda Hurst

I had the privilege of having coffee with our fellow YPS member, Amanda Hurst, and was so inspired by what I learned. Amanda moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV. She was the first in her family to go to college and she not only finished undergrad, she received a Masters in Criminal Justice. WithContinue Reading

yps update letters

YPS Update | July 2014

Hello fellow YPS members,

Welcome to our 9th e-newsletter issue! 

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YPS in Hell’s Kitchen hosted by Caesars Entertainment Regional President David Hoenemeyer!

If you did not attend the YPS Leadership Roundtable at Gordon Ramsay Steak on April 23rd, you missed an amazing opportunity to enjoy a signature 3-course meal by star Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s kitchen.

Gordon Ramsay Steak was closed for this exclusive, members only YPS event where Caesars Entertainment Regional President, David Hoenemeyer, presented. YPS members had the rare opportunity to dine with Hoenemeyer while he discussed everything from his philanthropic values to his views on what the future holds for the Las Vegas Strip and an update on what the largest hotel gaming industry corporation in the world is up to.

If you have an idea the next YPS Leadership Roundtable and have the connections to make it happen, please contact Liz Vohwinkel, Senior Director of Major Gifts at (702) 892-2344.

YPS Update | March 2014

Hello fellow YPS members, Welcome to our 8th e-newsletter issue!  Greetings fellow YPS members! As we close in on spring, there are still plenty of activities we are planning for our members. Just a few highlights still in the planning stages are a tour of UNLV in conjunction with Clark High School to give someContinue Reading

Letter from the Co-Chairs | January 2014

Hello fellow YPS members, Welcome to our seventh e-newsletter issue! Welcome to the New Year everyone! 2014 brings a fresh start with much work already needing to be done! YPS will be right there at the helm ready to lead the way. We are excited to continue our work with the Piggy Bank at BrackenContinue Reading

Funding Committee Update | November 2013

  Welcome to our sixth e-newsletter issue! We hope everyone is WARM! The YPS Executive Committee and the United Way board recently approved the YPS 2013-2014 budget, and the Funding Committee is actively working on the 2014-2015 budget. In line with our new goal of working more closely with the existing UWSN grant process, members ofContinue Reading

YPS Update | September 2013

Hello fellow YPS members, Welcome to our Fifth e-newsletter issue! Say goodbye to the summer break and hello to a new campaign year! YPS Members grew out their pig ears for the Piggy Bank opening day at Bracken Elementary school on August 30th. We were ready for the kids rain or shine. At the end ofContinue Reading