Andrew Young: The AY Foundation

Aug. 18, 2017

Andrew YoungAndrew Young is making money have meaning through the Community Mortgage Movement; an initiative that allows his clients to give back by donating percentage of his commissions to his fund, the AY Foundation at London Community Foundation.

 Growing up, Andrew never dreamed he’d be able to start his own foundation.

 “Raised in a modest household, I just didn’t realize what was possible,” he said.

 After his father’s passing in 2011, Andrew felt inspired to give back to the community but didn’t know where to start. A quick Google search led him to London Community Foundation. Before he knew it, Andrew found himself a participant in the 2011/2012 Engage! London class. Surrounded by like-minded young professionals who were passionate about making a difference, this experience was a turning point in Andrew’s life.

 Fast forward to 2015, Andrew was thriving professionally as a local mortgage broker and had received much personal gratification through his volunteer experiences working with various boards and committees in the city.  Now, Andrew was ready to share the gift of giving with others in the community.

 Andrew saw a need for smaller organizations and individuals to not only start giving, but to think bigger when giving back.  He believes giving back should be a community approach; that was the inspiration for the AY Foundation.

 "With London Community Foundation you’re making an impact now AND later. I can have a living legacy. I feel an immense sense of pride knowing that I’m creating real community change.”

 Through the Community Mortgage Movement, Andrew is helping others support the community through collective impact.  With a percentage of his commission going back to the AY Foundation, Andrew uses London Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report to guide his granting decisions each year.

 “The Community has given so much to me and I want to make it stronger,” says Andrew. "I am very fortunate to be in the position that I am, so I believe it’s important to help those in need.”

 At 38 years-old, Andrew breaks down stereotypes that you need to wait until you’re older and wealthy to be a philanthropist.  

 “Why wait to give? Anyone can be a philanthropist. The earlier you start, the more people you can influence. If you give back over a longer period of time, you’re able to have an even greater impact on the community.”

More stories like this can be found in our 2016 Impact Report.