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Celebrate 30 years of providing hope and inspiration to millions of children in America

Experience an evening of hope with nearly 400 CDF supporters at our 30th annual Beat the Odds Celebration.

As we prepare to commemorate our 30th year since our Beat the Odds program began in 1990, thank you for helping us support young people from the Washington, D.C. region. These young people have faced tremendous adversity, yet they have still managed to succeed in their classrooms and in their communities thanks to you. Their lives exemplify the problems we are seeking to solve as well as the incredible potential that exists in every child. In addition to honoring five high school seniors from the Washington, D.C. region during the Beat the Odds Awards Ceremony, the Beat the Odds Celebration raises funds and awareness of the important work of the Children’s Defense Fund.

SERVE CHILDREN We lead programs to serve and empower children, families and communities.

INSPIRE ACTIVISM We provide tools and information for the public to join us in advocating for a better future for today’s children.

ADVANCE POLICIES We advocate for policies that will make a difference in our children’s future.

"Sometimes you have to kind of sacrifice and you have to look at those who don't have and look at those who are not really paid attention to as much. And that's one of the things Beat the Odds has done."

-Dieudonne Kazzembe, 2018 Beat the Odds D.C.