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Creating Local Dedicated Funding Streams for Kids: A Guide to Planning a Local Initiative to Fund Services for Children, Youth and Their Families

By Margaret Brodkin, published by Funding the Next Generation, San Francisco, November 2015.

As community schools go to scale across the U.S., many initiatives are exploring all available avenues for funding and sustaining their systems. One of the most promising—and challenging—financing approaches involves creating new revenue streams. In Creating Local Dedicated Funding Streams for Kids: A Guide to Planning a Local Initiative to Fund Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, veteran child advocate Margaret Brodkin addresses both the promise and difficulty of creating local dedicated funding streams in this practical guide, which builds on her experience leading a successful effort in San Francisco 25 years ago when she was head of Coleman Youth Advocates. The author includes sections on:
 

  • basic definitions,
     
  • real-world examples from around the country,
     
  • how to develop the case for a new dedicated funding stream,
     
  • how to build an organization to lead the campaign,
     
  • deciding what to fund,
     
  • strategies for communications and messaging, and
     
  • how to conduct essential political efforts (such as creating a measure and getting it on the ballot).

The guide includes self-assessment and other useful tools to help advocates determine if they are well prepared to take on this important work.