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Supporting Effective Children, Youth, and Family Philanthropy

Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF) serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders concerned with children, youth, and families.

GCYF is not a grantmaking institution. For information on grant opportunities, visit The Foundation Center website.



REGISTER NOW! Early Bird Deadline - October 9th

This year marks GCYF’s 30th anniversary of promoting effective grantmaking that integrates research, policy and practice to bring about systemic change for children, youth and families. The 2015 GCYF Annual Convening will explore the theme of Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future, considering lessons we have learned as CYF grantmakers, and how these lessons apply to the future – not only to the individual work of grantmakers, but the work we do collectively to strengthen philanthropy to take on the many challenges that children, youth and families face.

The Annual Convening features a stellar line-up of philanthropic leaders shaping in-depth and intimate discussions, including: Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore MD, and Managing Director of The Campaign for Grade Level Reading; Myrna Deckert, CEO, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, El Paso TX; Bob Greenstein, Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Yanique Redwood, President & CEO, Consumer Health Foundation; Shelly Waters Boots, Senior Consultant at Annie E. Casey Foundation; and John Jackson, President and CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education. 

Learn more about the 2015 Annual Convening and register now to take advange early bird registration rates!

Special Group Lodging Rate for Annual Convening Attendees

 A special group rate is available to Annual Meeting attendees at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC through October 9th subject to room availability. Learn more about
2015 Annual Meeting venues and lodging and reserve your room today!

Call for Nominations: 2015 Fred Rogers Leadership Award

GCYF is honored to announce a Call for Nominations for the annual Fred Rogers Leadership Award in Philanthropy for Children, Youth, and Families. GCYF gives this prestigious award annually at the Annual Convening in memory of one of the country's most beloved advocates for children, Fred McFeely Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”). Any representative from a current GCYF member organization may nominate a candidate for this prestigious Award.  To learn more about the 2015 Fred Rogers Award and nominate your colleague, click here.

Developments in Early Childhood Care and Education

 In light of recently increasing attention to early childhood care and education and this issue's importance to the well-being America's children, GCYF has compiled a library of resources and analysis on this topic. Use this page to view research on early childhood education, as well as news articles pertaining to the state-level early education expansion initiatives, plans to expand pre-kindergarten education nationwide, and the political and funding dynamics of these initiatives.

 Keep Posted on the Ongoing Budget Discussions

Want to read the latest news and current analysis and resources on the budget and what the various proposals mean for children, youth, and families? Visit our Budget page to find out more and what you can do to influence the debate!

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