Rising to the
children are counting
on all of us
Each year the Children’s Alliance
works hard to hold children harmless from the ups
and downs of the economy. This year our work was
made harder by a stubborn recession that will, in the
coming months, push at least 40,000 more of our
state’s children into poverty. We are poised to face the
highest child poverty rates in 20 years.
But we have hope. There is a new urgency to
conversations about meeting the basic needs of kids.
We have hope, because the child advocacy
community is stronger and bigger than ever.
We have hope, because our donors and members
remain committed to our mission—a better world for
Last year investors in the Children’s Alliance
helped us protect vital state and federal support for
kids. In real terms that means health care for many
thousands of children, meals at school and during the
summer for hungry kids, a home visiting program
that helps at-risk parents and gets children ready for
school, and continued work on racial equity.
Children, who are not responsible for the poor
economy, are counting on us to protect them. With
your help, that is exactly what we will continue to do.
Thank you for supporting the Children’s Alliance.
financial 2008-2009 *
Fiscal 2009 Operating Budget $1,427,913
REVENUE & SUPPORT
Individual donations $ 96,130 7%
Organization dues 73,557 5%
Private grants & contracts 1,024,143 72%
Public grants & contracts 85,712 6%
Event revenue 88,181 6%
Other income & reserve 60,190 4%
Program costs $ 1,128,353 79%
Administrative support 193,262 14%
Fundraising 106,298 7%
* Subject to audit
2009: protect & preserve
for the most vulnerable
Children in Washington were counting on our
policy makers to protect them in the past year, even
as the economy plunged additional tens of
thousands of kids into poverty.
For children’s advocates it was a year of holding
the line against the worst. Deep cuts, from health
care to K-12 education, will hurt families now and
have ill effects on kids far into the future.
There were some bright spots. Children’s
Alliance, along with our allies, saved health
coverage for the more than half a million children in
our state who rely on Apple Health for Kids. We
preserved the overall goal of health care for all kids
by 2010 and are working hard to achieve that
We protected years of progress in ensuring that
children in low income families get nutritious meals
at school and in the summer. Our work protected
over $10 million of public investment.
We preserved the state’s commitment to ending
racial disparities faced by children in the foster care
system. Many other state goals were delayed or set
back this year but this important goal for children
remains part of our law.
We protected many investments in quality early
learning programs, including services like home
visiting which provides essential support to new
parents and has been proven to increase the odds of
success for children at school.
Looking to the future, the Children’s Alliance
called for new revenues, including a high-earners’
tax. It’s time for our policy makers, business leaders
and communities to start talking seriously about
reforming Washington’s revenue system. We need a
fair state system. We need revenue solutions that
protect, preserve and build public
investment in our children and their
Children are counting on us. They
have no other choice.
board of directors
PRESIDENT Juli Bunting
Claire Bishop Seattle, 2007
Brewster C. Denny, PhD
Benjamin Danielson, MD Nick Federici
Seattle, 2002 Seattle, 2004
TREASURER Seattle, 2008
Seattle, 2001 Johann Hellman
SECRETARY Christine Hynes
Arthur Siegal Seattle, 2004
Federal Way, 2008
Donald B. Scaramastra Ann E. Simons
Seattle, 2002 Olympia, 2005
Paola Maranan Claire Lane
Executive Director End Childhood Hunger Project
Jon Gould Annique Lennon
Deputy Director Health Policy Associate
Nancy Norman Carolyn McConnell
Finance Director Communications Associate
Linda Stone Lauren Platt
Senior Food Policy Coordinator Early Learning Policy Associate
Ruth Schubert Emijah Smith
Senior Communications Manager Community Organizer
Teresa Mosqueda Julie Bell
Advocacy/Legislative Relations Fund Development
Leslie Dozono Deborah Bowler
Early Learning Policy Coordinator Operations
Lan Nguyen Meka Hill
Health Policy Coordinator Accounting Assistant
Siobhan Ring Nadiya Beckwith-Stanley
Mobilization Coordinator 2008 Elections Advocacy
voices for children awardees
Our kids: Our business
Annual, month-long Spokane media campaign, now in its third year, that
increases community and business involvement in preventing child abuse.
Initiated by Mary Ann Murphy and the Spokesman-Review.
Yakima mother whose advocacy for her daughter’s urgent need for health
care led her to become an advocate for health coverage for all children.
Tacoma parent who transformed her experiences with child welfare and
criminal justice into vigorous advocacy for policies that help children and
families touched by these systems.
Exceptional leader of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington, a non-
partisan group that advocates for public investment in programs that meet
at-risk children’s needs early.
Advocacy leader who fought for fair treatment of women on welfare,
empowering them to advocate for themselves and their children. Jean died
of breast cancer one month before our awards ceremony. We miss her.
champions for children
Speaker Frank Chopp Rep. Pat Sullivan
Rep. Ruth Kagi Sen. Lisa Brown, Majority Leader
Rep. Eric Pettigrew Sen. Claudia Kauffman
Rep. Skip Priest Sen. Karen Keiser
Rep. Larry Seaquist Sen. Joe McDermott
Photo credits: Tegra Stone Nuess and Ruth Schubert
The Children's Alliance
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policies and programs work
for kids, and we hold our
leaders accountable until
they secure the resources
required to make all
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Seattle, WA 98104
Spokane office mailing address:
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Spokane, WA 99220