2017 AFP Awards: Josh Morrison – Outstanding Youth

Published: November 23, 2017

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Josh Morrison

At the age of 11, Josh Morrison of Uxbridge, decided to collect 10 million pennies ($100,000) for Habitat for Humanity Durham in order to build a home for a family in his region. Josh’s inspiration for Pennies4Homes came from a visit with his father to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  At the store was a toilet filled with pennies, the charity’s campaign for people to donate the discontinued penny.  Inspired by this, Josh made it his own personal mission to raise enough funds to build a home for a deserving family.

In February 2016, Josh was only a quarter way to reaching his $100,000 goal. “Hard is not a synonym for impossible,” says Josh and determined to achieve this goal, he spread the word through creative fundraising events. As a result, many groups came together to assist Josh in his fundraising goal.  The local community really took hold of helping Josh and towards the end an anonymous group matched donations up to $18,000, just to get him over the top.

After four years of hard work, dedication, and generous support from the residents of Durham, Josh exceeded his goal. The Pennies4Homes Ambassador raised $124,000, which will be used to build a home at Habitat for Humanity Durham’s CentreTowne community in Oshawa.

Josh’s determination and success is a great example of how a philanthropic spirit has no age limit. This young leader has demonstrated that no donation is too small to make serious change happen.