Priyanka Jain — Outstanding Young Philanthropic Youth philanthropist and leader Priyanka Jain's impact on the world started when she was just a freshman in high school. Now, at age 18, she has been a leader for several organizations while also running her own non-profit, iCAREweCARE. This website uses social media to connect more than 5,000 students from around the world to each other and local opportunities where they can address their passions. This stellar student, a graduate of University Prep and a freshman at Stanford University, is extremely passionate about girls’ education. She helped fund and build a school for 1,200 girls in Afghanistan, served as a Teen Advisor to the United Nations’ Girl Up Campaign, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs by SmartGirls’ Way. She frequently speaks at conferences around the world. "Priyanka will one day be one of our strongest professional, scientific and societal leaders," said Bill Owens of the private equity firm AEA Investors Asia.
"The current uncertainty of the economy and public funding has underscored the importance of philanthropic leadership to the entire not-for-profit sector," Matt DeGooyer, president of AFP-Washington Chapter and associate executive director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest Chapter in Seattle. "By honoring these remarkable individuals and organizations we have an opportunity to highlight those whose commitment to humanity is evident wherever we turn in our communities, and around the globe."