Dear Reader,

Children’s Funding Project was founded on a simple idea developed over many years: without investment, kids can’t thrive. Throughout my time in direct service, advocacy, political organizing, and national network building, securing money and resources has been a constant challenge. If we want to provide a seamless set of high-quality programs and supports for youth, we as adults must learn to Find, Align, Generate, and Activate the necessary resources. That’s why we formed CFP.

Over CFP’s first year, we have collaborated with local communities in over half of America’s states to create fiscal maps, convene children’s cabinets, and kickstart funding ballot measures. We partnered with Harvard and the Forum for Youth Investment to organize the first Local Children’s Cabinet Network meeting, giving communities the skills to align their own children’s cabinet back home. We also saw early work to generate local dedicated children’s funds come to fruition and gain real momentum in Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri and beyond.

The best part? We’re just getting started. With the 2020 and 2022 election cycles on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get kids the funding they need to thrive. That’s why we’re hosting the first-ever Children’s Funding Institute in Denver, releasing new resources for cities and states, and continuing our work with dozens of communities across the country. For more information, stay tuned with our newsletter and our Twitter account.

Remember: what gets funded, gets done!


Elizabeth Gaines

Founder and Executive Director, Children’s Funding Project