The Franks wanted to establish the program at Hill to enable Hill students to carry out their shared belief that young people should volunteer their time and efforts to benefit their communities that will then establish life-long philanthropic interests.
In 2012, through the Franks' leadership and the generosity of several other donors, The Student Philanthropy Council became an endowed program at the School with the establishment of The Student Philanthropy Council Endowment in honor of Kay and David Dougherty (Hill's former headmaster from 1993-2012 and his wife).
Each year, the SPC awards $15,000 worth of grants to local non-profit organizations to help fund those entities’ programs. Each fall, interested organizations are encouraged to submit a grant application to the SPC. Throughout the school year, the members of SPC have weekly meetings evaluating each proposal. The group also visits with each organization to discuss the proposal in person. Grant decisions are made in April, and check presentations occur in late-April or early-May each year.