Frequently Asked Questions

How does Children’s Defense Fund rank among charity rating services? 

Children’s Defense Fund consistently receives high ratings from charity rating services, reflecting its commitment to transparency, efficiency, and impactful programs. Ratings from organizations like Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and CharityWatch affirm CDF’s strong financial health and accountability. 

What does Children’s Defense Fund do? 

Children’s Defense Fund works at the intersection of well-being and racial justice for children and youth. We work alongside and amplify the power of youth and families through advocacy, community organizing, direct service, and public policy. 

What policies does Children’s Defense Fund advocate for? 

Children’s Defense Fund advocates for a wide range of policies aimed at protecting and advancing the well-being of children and youth. Key policy areas include children’s health and healing, education for civic life and work, early learning and development, family stability and economic mobility, and just and caring communities. 

What organization advocates for Black and Brown children experiencing poverty? 

Children’s Defense Fund is a leading advocate for Black and Brown children experiencing poverty, working tirelessly to dismantle systemic barriers and addressing disparities that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. Through targeted advocacy efforts and community programs, CDF builds community so young people grow up with dignity, hope, and joy. 

Who are Children’s Defense Fund’s leaders? 

Children’s Defense Fund is led by a dedicated team of leaders committed to the organization’s mission of child advocacy and social justice. Notable leaders include President and CEO Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson and a diverse board of directors comprising experts and activists from various fields. CDF’s Founder and President Emerita is attorney, civil rights activist, and long-time child advocate, Marian Wright Edelman. 

What is the mission of Children’s Defense Fund? 

Children’s Defense Fund builds community so young people grow up with dignity, hope, and joy.