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Playing Our Part: The Role of Intermediaries in Financing Children’s Services

How intermediaries can support the process of funding children and youth services.

Playing Our Part: The Role of Intermediaries in Financing Children’s Services

Intermediaries support the provision of services by other organizations rather than providing direct services themselves. From that vantage point, child- and youth-focused intermediaries often see the need for a comprehensive community approach to funding more clearly than other organizations. Intermediaries can see the bigger picture of the strengths, weaknesses, gaps, and opportunities in their communities and are well positioned to identify and coordinate activities to provide all children and youth with equitable access to quality programs and services that meet their needs. Typical activities of intermediaries include communications, quality improvement, data collection, trainings, strategic planning, fundraising, and evaluation.

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