Give Hope to a Child | November 2015
“Every child needs a dream. Dr. King had a dream and our
nation has a dream we must continue to struggle to honor for every child and
adult in America.”
Marian Wright Edelman
Give Hope to a Child This #GivingTuesday
In this holiday season, the
Children’s Defense Fund is grateful for your continued support. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday. We ask you to support at least one child in our CDF Freedom Schools® program that works to staunch summer
learning loss and improve literacy for our nation’s at-risk children. This year
the CDF Freedom Schools program fueled
the dreams of nearly 13,000 poor and low-income children and inspired them to
fall in love with reading. CDF distributed over 109,000 diverse and culturally-appropriate
books to our young scholars, featuring stories and characters that reflect the
experiences and challenges these children face daily.
When you give a book to an
at-risk child, you provide opportunity for a better future. As Pakistani child
activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said, “Let us
remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”
you help CDF reach one or more at-risk children this #GivingTuesday? For only
$10.37 per book you can give the gift of reading and make a difference a
In Loving Memory
We are grateful for decades of service from two former members of the CDF Board of Directors who died this month. They will be deeply missed. Laura Chasin was on CDF’s board from 1981 through 1991, and never wavered in her support of our mission. Pat Fallon joined CDF’s board in 2008 after nearly two decades of partnering with CDF on major media campaigns to make a difference in children’s lives. He played a major role in CDF-Minnesota’s Beat the Odds® program and was with us in Washington, D.C. earlier this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Beat the Odds scholarship and leadership development program at the Newseum.
Longtime friend of children, Laura Chasin dedicated her life to the service of others. She founded the Public Conversations Project of Watertown, MA, a non-profit organization promoting constructive dialogue on issues involving clashing values, world-views, and identities, such as sexual orientation, immigration, gun safety, and religious tolerance. Mrs. Chasin devoted herself to improving outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our country. She was a Life Trustee of Spelman College and served on numerous Boards including the James Jackson Putnam Children's Center of Roxbury, the Conflict Management Group, the Institute for Faith and Politics, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her service to children and families will be greatly missed.
Our loyal friend Pat Fallon was devoted to improving the lives of children. His passion and cutting edge agency's creative ideas for furthering the future-defining Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission was unwavering. His agency's brilliant award-winning campaigns cut to the heart and mind and provided distinctive, moving images of voiceless, voteless children our nation can continue to ignore at its peril. Pat and his wonderful colleagues at Fallon Worldwide gave children left behind voice and visibility. Countless children have a fairer chance in life as a result. We are grateful for his service and leadership.
You can make a donation to the Children’s Defense Fund to honor and continue Pat Fallon’s legacy.
Making Their Dreams Come True
November 5th, the Children’s Defense Fund honored five
extraordinary high school seniors from the greater metropolitan area of
Washington, D.C., with Beat the Odds® awards. Each winner received a $10,000
scholarship, laptop computer, guidance through the college admissions process
and CDF leadership training. Watch and be inspired by the stories of overcoming
adversity, including poverty, to excel academically and give back with the help
of at least one caring adult.
25 Years of Changing Outcomes
are grateful to award-winning actress and CDF board member, Jurnee
Smollett-Bell and Emmy Award-winning journalist Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC’s
Nightline, for co-hosting the
celebration. Notable presenters included Donna Shalala, former CDF Board
Chair and President of the Clinton Foundation; Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson,
Dean of the Chapel at Howard University; and Romulus Johnson, CDF Beat the Odds®
alumni from the first ceremony 25 years ago in Los Angeles. We are grateful for child advocates
like you who support the CDF Beat the Odds program.
Celebrating Extraordinary Young People in Los Angeles
December 3rd join CDF-CA for the 25th Annual Beat the
Odds® Awards Celebration at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The
night will celebrate the resilience of five high seniors in the greater Los
Angeles area who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership and aspire
to go to college. Don’t miss your chance —along with Marian Wright Edelman, many
public officials and change-makers in Los Angeles— to celebrate this year’s
winners and hear their stories. Visit us online
for tickets and more information..
Help Improve Working Family Tax Credits
When Congress returns from
Thanksgiving recess, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees are
expected to extend or make permanent corporate tax credits. Urge your members to make permanent important
improvements in tax credits for working families – the Earned income Tax Credit
(EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) – if tax credits for wealthy corporations and
businesses are made permanent or extended. If critical improvements of the EITC
and CTC are left to expire, more than 50 million American, including 25 million
children, stand to lose a critical piece of their family budgets – making it
harder for those already struggling to make ends meet.
EITC and CTC are among our nation’s most effective anti-poverty tools—lifting
about 9.4 million people, including 5 million children, out of poverty each
mother with two children working full time at the minimum wage (meaning just
$14,500) would lose her entire child tax credit of $1,725.
million Americans, including 8 million children, would either be pushed into
poverty or thrust more deeply into poverty.
Making improvements to both
tax credits is a critical step forward in ending child poverty. Children in
families who benefit from these credits see long terms gains – they are
healthier, do better in school, and are more likely to go to college and to
earn more as adults.
Speak up today and urge Congress to
make permanent improvements in tax credits for working families.
Help Increase Child Care Funding
This month CDF joined others celebrating the
one-year anniversary of the bipartisan reauthorization of the Child Care and
Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. In November 2014, CDF applauded the
broad bi-partisan Congressional support for important improvements in health
and safety and other quality improvements in child care programs receiving
federally-supported subsidies. The Department of Health and Human Services then
moved quickly to identify quality improvements needed in states. Despite
this long overdue and much-needed reauthorization, funding for CCDBG is at an
eleven year low and today there are more than 360,000 fewer child care
subsidies than in 2006. Congressional action is needed now.
contact your Senators and Representative today and ask them to urge
Appropriations Committee members to increase funding for the Child Care and
Development Block Grant for 2016 so more children can access quality child
National Adoption Month
“Makaylah was adopted
through the DC Foster Care System. Even though the circumstances were traumatic,
it was such a pleasure to be part of a team – from her social worker to her
guardian ad litem and judges. Everyone acted with her best interest at heart. For
anyone considering adoption, know that the rewards are great and the sacrifices
are well supported.” – Deidre L, new
As National Adoption Month ends today, this is a
time to recognize the critical role adoptive families play in ensuring caring, permanent
families for children and to renew efforts to promote adoption for children in
foster care. There are nearly 108,000
children in foster care across the country waiting to be adopted. All
children, like Makaylah, deserve a safe, stable family. To learn more about
becoming an adoptive parent or how you can support adoptive families and
children in foster care check out the Children’s Bureau’s webpage on National Adoption Month.
This month, Marian Wright Edelman’s Child Watch® columns brought light to how we can better serve all children. From coping with crisis and building awareness of voter suppression to facing the 'ugly truths' from our past and opening our hearts to protect children domestically and abroad. In this season of giving, we must give more to ensure our children succeed.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of all Children in America and the World
Ugly Truths It's Way Past Time for America to Face
Revising the Undemocratic 'Map of Shame'
Helping Children Cope with Crisis
Thank you for your support and dedication to improving the lives of all children in America.
We hope that you will remember CDF, and all the children we serve, this #GivingTuesday. For only $10.37 you can give hope to a child in need. Please share our message and mission with your networks. Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to support our work this #GivingTuesday or join our mailing list.