Welcome to the Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable
Challenges facing children and families do not arise in isolation. Looking for insights, solutions, and strategies that can connect across issue areas is a critical component to long-term positive change. The Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable creates a cross-issue forum where charitable foundations can exchange information and accelerate learning on the effects of inequality on children and families and potential policy solutions.
Working collaboratively with foundation leaders and affinity group partners, we will craft conversations that move from learning about a topic to shared discovery regarding effective strategies and the potential for aligned action. Together, we can build stability for families to advance a more equitable America.
What makes this different
The Roundtable is about conversations
- across issue siloes that recognize the complexity of building stability for children and families,
- focused on building equity,
- with charitable foundation leaders about their strategies and what’s working, and
- built with our partner affinity groups.
Our goal is to encourage deep sharing of strategies among funders.
- How did the 2022 elections change the child advocacy landscape? What can funders do?
Shape the Conversation
Conversations at the Intersect
Focus on Connections: What I believe makes this Roundtable unique is its focus on connectedness — connectedness with other funders, with field partners, and affinity groups.
Working Across Siloes: It is easy and comfortable to connect with and collaborate with those who share your issue expertise and language. But, it is when you get uncomfortable, working at the intersections of issues, that real change happens. This is critical because the challenges families face are not in silos. The solutions are not in silos. We won’t get to where we need to be unless we get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
About the Roundtable: I am excited about the Roundtable because there is a need for a forum of funders who are concerned about children, youth and family issues to share ideas, learn about the latest research and find opportunities for possible collaboration.
About the Roundtable: It is important because if we are going to even attempt to get at root causes and better outcomes for children, families, communities, and the larger society, then we must work together across issue areas to listen and learn from one another and co-create more holistic solutions.