Children's Funding Project - Webinars

Creating Local Dedicated Funds for Children & Youth: How Will We Fund Services for the Next Generation? This webinar kicked off an emerging movement focused on helping cities and counties address the funding crisis in children and youth services through the creation of dedicated local funding streams. This webinar serves as a good resource for communities taking the next step in developing locally-driven funding to serve the needs of children and youth. 

Generating Public Dollars for Kids: the Story of the Philadelphia Soda Tax.  In October 2016, the Forum for Youth Investment hosted a webinar on the story of the Philadelphia soda tax, a first of its kind tax initiative. Communities that are exploring ways to creatively find sufficient funding for early childhood and youth development programs will find details in how Philadelphia designed and launched the soda tax to do just that. 

Is a Children’s Cabinet right for your Mayor and County Executive? The Forum for Youth Investment, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties hosted a webinar to help cities and counties explore whether a children's cabinet is right for them. Across the nation, county and municipal leaders are aligning multiple agencies to develop better policies, procedures and programmatic efforts to support the success of children, youth and their families. The webinar explored options for coordinating such activities through a children's cabinet. The webinar featured two models: the Denver Mayor's Children's Cabinet and the Fairfax County Successful Children and Youth Policy Team. 

Mapping Public Resources for Youth & FamiliesFiscal mapping is a first step toward identifying and coordinating resources for greater impact. This recorded webinar highlights local communities’ approaches to fiscal mapping as a way to align resources with overarching policy and program goals. 

Polling on Youth Issues: Effective Best PracticesLeading pollster Celinda Lake joined this March 2016 webinar on the latest national trends in voters’ views on children, youth and family issues. This webinar features strategies to consider in attempting a local poll, and how to use this tool to really catalyze local work to invest in children and youth.

Strategic Financing for Tested, Effective ProgramsMoving to shared community priorities and tested, effective programs for child well-being requires a strategic financing approach to shift existing dollars to what works. This Annie E. Casey Foundation webinar featured the Forum’s policy leaders, Thaddeus Ferber and Elizabeth Gaines, and explored tools to help communities develop a “fund map” of existing dollars and develop a strategic financing plan.