We are committed to 2020: Building Communities of Hope, an agenda for change that draws on the strength of communities and the vision of local leaders to keep children safe and make families strong.

We recognize that creating better futures for children and families will not be possible unless we take into consideration the community conditions that surround them. If a community is healthy — if it is safe, supportive and teeming with opportunities — then it will have the elements that children need to thrive.

We must do more to build hope so that every child, in every home, in every ZIP code in America has the same access and opportunity to thrive. That will require that we look beyond what the child welfare system can do alone and consider how we can work together across systems and across sectors to improve the broader conditions that affect the health, safety and opportunities of children and their families.

2020: Building Communities of Hope is a collective vision for change. It is a collective vision of hope that is built upon four core principles and beliefs about achieving measurable and sustainable change:

  • Local leaders must lead our efforts to work with and empower families and communities to make decisions to improve their life outcomes.
  • We must improve our utilization of data to drive decision-making and improve the capacity of communities to support their most vulnerable citizens.
  • We must change our federal, state, tribal and local funding structures to better support more effective investments in sustainable change, life-outcome improvement and restoration of hope.
  • The philanthropic and business communities can forge effective partnerships with federal, state, tribal and local governments to support long-lasting improvements for children and families.

To learn more about 2020: Building Communities of Hope, explore Investing in Hope, our 2016 signature report.