The Sacramento Children’s Fund is a proposed March 2020 ballot measure that requires the City of Sacramento to dedicate 2.5% of its annual unrestricted revenue to fund services for children and youth. No less than 90% of all monies in the Fund must be used for direct services to children and youth. A Citizens’ Planning & Oversight Commission will establish Three-Year Strategic Investment Plans, and will solicit and evaluate grant applications from qualified nonprofit organizations and public agencies through a public competitive bid process.
The Sacramento Children’s Fund is designed to achieve three goals:
- Support youth to live safe, peaceful, and healthy lives free from involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
- Help children and youth succeed in school and graduate high school prepared for college, career, and community.
- Foster the healthy development of young children, ages 0 to 5 years old.
No, this is not a tax. This measure sets aside two and one-half pennies of every unrestricted dollar received by City of Sacramento, approximately $12 million, and directly invests this money into helping kids. This very modest investment will make a tremendous difference in the lives of young people.
The Sacramento Kids First Coalition will begin circulating a voter petition in November 2018. We must collect and submit 51,000 signatures of registered voters in City of Sacramento by April 23, 2019 to qualify for the March 2020 election ballot.
We need 50% plus one of voters to vote in support for the measure to pass. Polling typically shows that over 2/3rds of voters support increasing funding for children and youth.
Yes. Staff and volunteers from nonprofit organizations can both volunteer and make financial contributions. Nonprofit organizations can draw from unrestricted revenues to contribute financially to this effort. As a nonprofit, you are allowed to contribute up to 20% of your total annual budget to lobbying efforts. If needed, the Sacramento Kids First Coalition can help provide you with legal support in this area.