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 circulated a voter petition starting in November 2018. On April 18th, 2019 we delivered over 39,000 valid signatures to the Sacramento City Clerk. In mid June we were notified by the City Clerk that we had submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot. In the coming months the City Council will decide to place the measure on the March or November ballot in 2020.
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.