Funding the Next Generation is the nation’s only initiative to promote local public funding streams dedicated to services for children, youth and their families – funds like San Francisco’s Children and Youth Fund and the Oakland Kids First Fund.

Investing in our children and youth is essential to our country’s future economic security and social stability.  Much can be done at the local level to increase these critical investments.  Funding the Next Generation helps communities create measures that will fund and sustain services such as early childhood education, after-school and summer programs, health care, violence prevention, career readiness and parental support.

This initiative was founded and is directed by Margaret Brodkin, who is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding for children and youth services in San Francisco.

Funding the Next Generation is helping cities and counties throughout California make a financial commitment to their children. Already more than a dozen communities have embarked on a path toward sustainable funding.  Whether through ballot measures or increased local budgets, this initiate has sparked action for children and youth throughout California. See all Participating Communities.

If you want to make a difference for your children and the future of your community, please join us!  As an expanding learning network, we look forward to sharing our resources, experience and expertise with you.

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“Margaret Brodkin is the Johnny Appleseed of children’s funds.”  
– Larry Tramutola, political consultant for dozens of winning campaigns for school funding and the strategist behind the 2014 historic soda tax victory in Berkeley, California.

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Funding The Next Generations’s 2nd Statewide Conference

The Promise of Local Dedicated Funds for California’s Children: Progress, Potential, Politics and Policy

We invite you to a statewide conference to learn our findings and insights to date. Where: Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco State University. When: Monday, May 9, 2016.

Learn more and register here

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Feature

Exciting poll: “Public Support for Investments in Early Childhood Health and Education” by Dave Metz, FM3, December, 2015. Download here

Getting started

Just Released: The first-ever guide to creating a local children’s fund. This practical how-to book covers everything from legal revenue options, to building a coalition, to drafting a measure. Learn more and download here

Funding The Next Generation

California’s First Children’s fund

Hear Margaret Brodkin tell the inspiring Little Red Wagon Story about the winning campaign to pass the San Francisco Children’s Fund – now over $70 Million each year.