Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is an American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on child advocacy and research. It was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman.[1]

Children's Defense Fund
Founded1973
FounderMarian Wright Edelman
TypeNonprofit
Location
Key people
Marian Wright Edelman, President
Revenue
Increase $21,338,231 (2013)[1]
ExpensesIncrease $22,048,162 (2013)[1]
Websitewww.childrensdefense.org

History

The CDF was founded in 1973, citing inspiration from the Civil Rights Movement, with the goal of improving federal policies concerning child welfare and public education systems.[2][3]

CDF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices in several states around the country: California, Minnesota, New York, Louisiana, Ohio, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. CDF programs operate in 24 states and the National Outreach staff also works on the ground and with partners in all 50 states.

Activities

Since its founding, the CDF has lobbied for passing legislation related to its goals including the Education for All Handicapped Children Act[2] in 1975 (now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act in 1980. Its legislative interests have also included Head Start, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Child Income Tax Credit.[2]

The CDF has run several public awareness campaigns, including the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign in 1986[4], the gun violence prevention campaign, and ending child poverty.

The CDF's programs include a modern Freedom Schools program launched in 1993 for child enrichment through reading,[5][6] a Beat the Odds program launched in 1990 that hosts awareness events and awards partial college scholarships,[3][7] and a Youth Advocacy Leadership Training fund.

In recent years, CDF funds have gone towards free tax preparation assistance to low-income families[8] and the generation of numerous child advocacy reports. These reports range in topic, from ending child poverty and minority incarceration rates (and the school to prison pipeline) to gun safety concerning children.[9][9][10]

In 2008, the CDF was among the charities receiving donations from the "Idol Gives Back" televised fundraising event.[11]

Numerous notable individuals have been actively involved with the charity. Reese Witherspoon served on the Board of Directors.[12] J.J. Abrams has funded CDF Freedom Schools in the past.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Charity Navigator Rating – Children's Defense Fund". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  2. ^ a b c Cousins, Linwood H. (2014-09-05). Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781483346656.
  3. ^ a b c "Children's Defense Fund Joins Forces With JJ Abrams To Celebrate Founder Marian Wright Edelman's Vision". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  4. ^ "Teen Pregnancy in America Today". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  5. ^ "For the love of learning: Freedom Schools go above and beyond helping kids grow". kansascity. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  6. ^ "Freedom Schools programs come to Sacramento for first time". sacbee. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  7. ^ Stedman, Alex. "Jennifer Garner, Conan O'Brien Honor Amazing Kids at Beat the Odds Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  8. ^ Milloy, Courtland (2006-02-01). "At Tax Clinic, Some Relief From Those Low-Income Blues". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  9. ^ a b Radio, Southern California Public (2012-03-08). "Navigating the 'school-to-prison-pipeline' for minorities". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  10. ^ Protect Children, not Guns
  11. ^ "Simon Cowell Donates Paycheck to Idol Gives Back". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  12. ^ Dore, Shalini. "Reese Witherspoon to Receive American Cinematheque Award". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and president of PolicyLink, which is "[A] national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity. It is a non-profit. PolicyLink collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that everyone—including those from low-income communities of color—can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity."Blackwell is co-author of Searching for Uncommon Common Ground, a discussion of the persistently divisive issues surrounding race in the U.S. The book is written around the themes of the black-white paradigm versus multiculturalism, diversity versus racial and social justice, universal versus particular strategies, national versus local responsibility, and structural factors versus individual initiative.

Blackwell has served on many boards, including the Urban Institute, The James Irvine Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, and Common Cause. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Children’s Defense Fund, the W. Haywood Burns Institute, Levi Strauss and Co., and the Corporation for Enterprise Development.For a decade, beginning in 1977, Blackwell served as a partner with Public Advocates, a nationally-known public interest law firm representing the underrepresented. She successfully litigated class action suits and developed innovative non-litigation strategies in employment, education, health and consumer affairs.

Charles Fulwood

Charles Cinque Fulwood (born 1950, South Carolina) is a media and communications strategist who pioneered global media campaigns and the use of commercial marketing techniques for non-profit organizations. Over a 15-year period beginning in the mid-1980s, he served as communications director for Amnesty International USA, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Children's Defense Fund. Fulwood was chief media strategist for Human Rights Now! Tour, the 1988 world music tour underwritten by Reebok International to promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 5 continents. Fulwood is also credited (Haines, 1996) with designing the campaign strategy that led 18 states to pass legislation that exempts juveniles from the death penalty.

As Director of Communications at NRDC, Fulwood built a strategic communications operation that included media relations, web site, publications, and a quarterly journal with a circulation of more than 700,000. One of his many innovations was creation of the International ECO-Awards, which issued more than 100 honors to advertising agencies, design shops, businesses and environmental groups for creativity in promoting appreciation of the environment.

Fulwood's writing has been published in the St. Petersburg Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, PR Quarterly, the Boston Phoenix, and Ramparts magazine. He has also ghost-written op-ed pieces published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Times. He has given invited lectures at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, DePaul University College of Law, and Morehouse School of Medicine and has spoken at a variety of national and international conferences.

Fulwood was born in 1950 in Clarendon County, South Carolina and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida with his family in the early 1960s. After earning a bachelor's degree in mass communication, he worked for Pinellas County, Florida government, then held a series of communications positions with civil rights organizations in Atlanta before moving to New York City to work for Amnesty International USA.

In 1990, the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the most violent of the various Klan factions, sued Fulwood and his client, the Center for Democratic Renewal, for defamation of character after they exposed Klan activity within the Blakely, Georgia Fire Department. The suit was settled in 1991 and resulted in four Klansmen being forced to resign from the Fire Department.

Fulwood is a founding partner in MediaVision USA, a strategic communications firm, and specializes in litigation communications, crisis communications, and media campaigns. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the Johns Hopkins University program in Communications and Contemporary Society, where he and Margo Edmunds are co-instructors for a graduate course in Emergency and Risk Communications. Fulwood also consulted on the online course in risk communication strategies for the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness. Fulwood currently resides in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. In November 2011, he was elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Glover Park, which represents the neighborhood and provides advice to the DC government on key public policy issues.

Edelman

Edelman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Abram Wolf Edelman (a.k.a. Abraham Edelman) (1832-1907), Polish-born American rabbi; the first rabbi in Los Angeles, California.

Adam Edelman (born 1991), American-born four-time Israeli National Champion in skeleton event, and Israeli Olympian

Daniel Edelman (1920–2013), American public relations executive, founder of Edelman

David Louis Edelman (born 1971), American science fiction author

Edmund D. Edelman (1930-2016), Los Angeles, California, politician

Eric S. Edelman, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Turkey(2003-2005), Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2005-2009)

Gerald Edelman (1929-2014), biologist, 1972 Nobel Prize (Physiology/Medicine) for work on the immune system

Gregg Edelman (born 1958), American movie, television and theatre actor

Herb Edelman (1933–1996), American actor

James Edelman (born 1974), a justice of the Federal Court of Australia, and appointed to be a justice of the High Court of Australia

Judith Edelman (1923–2014), American architect

Julian Edelman (born 1986), NFL player for the New England Patriots

Lee Edelman (born 1953), professor and chair of the English Department at Tufts University

Marek Edelman (1922–2009), political and social activist, cardiologist, and the last living leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Marian Wright Edelman (Marian Wright) (born 1939), founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and wife of Peter Edelman

Maurice Edelman (1911–1975), British politician and novelist

Murray Edelman (1919–2001), American political scientist

Natan Eidelman (1930–1989), Russian author and historian

Nufar Edelman (born 1982), Israeli Olympic sailor

Peter Edelman (born 1938), lawyer, policy maker, and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and husband of Marian Wright Edelman

Randy Edelman (born 1947), American music composer

R. David Edelman, American policymaker

Richard Edelman (born 1954), president and CEO of public relations firm Edelman

Scott Edelman (born 1955), American science fiction and fantasy writer and editor

Health Care For All New York

Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) is a statewide coalition dedicated to winning affordable, comprehensive, quality health care for all New Yorkers. Founded in late 2007 with a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Consumer Voices for Coverage" grant, HCFANY came together under the leadership of 8 organizations: The American Cancer Society, Center for Working Families, Community Service Society, Children's Defense Fund of NY, Citizen Action of New York/Public Policy Education Fund, Metro New York Health Care For All, New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, and the New York Immigration Coalition.

HCFANY organizes around its "10 Standards For Quality, Affordable, Health Care for All," which outline a series of principles by which health reforms should be measured:

Every person must have health care coverage.

Health care coverage must provide comprehensive benefits.

Health care must be affordable to families, businesses and government.

Everyone must have a choice of a public health care plan.

Health care reforms must eliminate racial, ethnic and other disparities in the health care system.

Health care must be easily transferable and allow for continuous coverage.

Health care reforms must control costs while improving quality of care.

Government must be an active watchdog and regulator of the health care system.

Employers must contribute fairly to the cost of health care, and costs must be predictable and reasonable.

Health care “safety net” programs must be preserved and improved.It is around these standards that HCFANY has grown its membership to over 80 organizations around New York State.

Since its inception, HCFANY has been providing the consumer voice in the health reform conversation. This is achieved through its organizing and education efforts, web site, written policy briefs, testimony, and public presentations.

James A. Joseph

James A. Joseph (born 1935) is an American former diplomat.

Joseph is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies at Duke University and founder of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke and the University of Cape Town. He has served four U.S. Presidents. In 1995, he was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. He was the only U. S. Ambassador to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela. In 1999, President Thabo Mbeki awarded him the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor the Republic of South Africa bestows on a citizen of another country. As a legacy and contribution to South Africa and the United States, Joseph helped found the Emerging Leaders Program, a pioneering effort in partnership with both the University of Cape Town and Duke University aimed at identifying and mentoring the next generation of significant leaders working to make an impact on the world.From 1977–1981, Joseph served as the Under Secretary of the Department of Interior under President Jimmy Carter. President Reagan appointed him a member of the Advisory Committee to the Agency for International Development and the first President Bush appointed him an incorporating director of the Points of Light Foundation and a member of the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges. President Clinton appointed him the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service.

Joseph is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation created by Governor Blanco, and was recently honored by his home state as a Louisiana Legend. The award goes to Louisiana natives who have distinguished themselves in music, art, theater, literature and politics. He has also had a distinguished career in business, education and philanthropy. From 1982-1995, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations, an international organization of more than 2000 foundations and corporate giving programs. He served as a Vice President of Cummins Engine Company and President of the Cummins Engine Foundation from 1971-1976. An ordained minister, he has taught at Yale Divinity School and the Claremont Colleges where he was also University Chaplain. In 1985, he was a Distinguished Visitor at Nuffield College at Oxford University and serves presently as an Honorary Professor and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.

After graduating from Southern University and Yale, Joseph began his career at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he helped organize the local civil rights movement in 1963. A frequent speaker to academic, civic and religious audiences, he is the author of two books, The Charitable Impulse and Remaking America. A third book on The Changing Role of Ethics in Public Life is near completion. He is the recipient of nineteen honorary degrees and his undergraduate alma mater, Southern University, has named an endowed chair in his honor. The Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations appointed him President Emeritus and the Association of Black Foundation Executives established the James A. Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy.

Joseph has served on the Board of Directors of the Brookings Institution, the National Endowment for Democracy, Africare, and the Children's Defense Fund. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for MDC Inc. and remains on the Board of Directors as Chair Emeritus. He serves presently as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NHP Foundation. He is a director of the Management and Training Corporation and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Leadership Center at Morehouse College. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy for Public Administration. He is married to the former Mary Braxton, an Emmy Award winning television journalist, and has two children from a previous marriage to Doris T. Joseph.

Joseph is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Joel Grey

Joel Grey (born Joel David Katz; April 11, 1932) is an American actor, singer, dancer, director, and photographer. He is best known for portraying the Master of Ceremonies in the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret, as well as in the 1972 film adaptation. He has won an Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award.

He also originated the role of George M. Cohan in the musical George M! in 1968, and the Wizard of Oz in the musical Wicked. He also starred as Moonface Martin in the Broadway revivals of Anything Goes and as Amos Hart in Chicago.

Langston Hughes Library

The Langston Hughes Library is a private non-circulating library designed by Maya Lin, and located on the Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee. It contains a 5,000-volume reference collection focusing on works by African-American authors and illustrators, and books focused on the Black experience.

Margo Edmunds

Margo Edmunds is an American health policy researcher, strategy consultant, educator, and writer who began her clinical career in disease management at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her recent work has focused on the use of health information technology in healthcare reform and public health, including co-authoring Toward Health Information Liquidity, a Booz Allen Hamilton white paper that explores the challenges and opportunities for electronic health information systems.Formerly Vice President with The Lewin Group, Edmunds has held senior positions at the University of California, San Francisco; Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies; Children's Defense Fund (CDF); and American Institutes for Research. At the IOM, she directed studies on health insurance and access to care and provided testimony on children’s coverage to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

In 2000, she and her team at CDF released All Over the Map, a report on progress implementing the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The report was used as a briefing and reference document for members of Congress and the Gore presidential campaign, and was widely covered by the media, including The New York Times.In 2000, she co-founded MediaVision USA, a strategic communications firm. She co-teaches a course on Emergency and Risk Communication. She and her MediaVision partner, Charles Fulwood, collaborated on an online multimedia course on emergency preparedness communications for the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, as well as a primer for health professionals on strategic communications. and also made several presentations at state, regional, and national conferences on public health preparedness. From 1999 to 2006, Edmunds was a member of the teaching faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she introduced strategic communications and informatics to policy analysis and public health practice.Edmunds received a PhD in human development at The Pennsylvania State University, where she studied systems theory, policy analysis, and clinical psychology. She completed clinical training at the Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback Clinic at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She chaired the Health IT Interest Group for AcademyHealth from 2007 to June 2010. She is also a member of the Public Policy Committee and the Public Health Informatics Workgroup of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939) is an American activist for children's rights. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

Michael R. Levy

Michael R. "Mike" Levy (born May 17, 1946) is the founder of Texas Monthly magazine, and was publisher until retirement in August 2008.

A native of Dallas, Levy's father was a plumber. Levy once drove a taxi, and also worked as a jailer at the Dallas County Jail. He is a graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas School of Law.

Levy founded Texas Monthly in 1973, when he was 27 years old. Currently read by over two million people each month, the magazine provides commentary on all things Texan.

Levy has served on multiple boards, including the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Children's Defense Fund of Texas, St. Mark's School of Texas, and St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin, Texas. He has won awards from such institutions as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Esquire Magazine, Planned Parenthood, and St. Mark's.

Reese Witherspoon

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Golden Globe Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Tennessee, she began her career as a teenager, making her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991), for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Following roles in Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992), Jack the Bear (1993), Freeway (1996), and Pleasantville (1998), Witherspoon's breakthrough came with her portrayal of Tracy Flick in the black comedy Election (1999), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

She achieved international recognition with her role as Elle Woods in the comedy Legally Blonde (2001), for which she received her second Golden Globe nomination. The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which emerged as her biggest live-action commercial success. In 2005, her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the biographical musical film Walk the Line, received critical acclaim and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other films include Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Water for Elephants (2011), and Sing (2016). In 2014, Witherspoon produced the thriller Gone Girl and received praise for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in the drama Wild, which earned her a second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she co-produced and starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Limited Series, winning the latter as a producer.

Witherspoon owns a production company Hello Sunshine, a clothing company Draper James, and she is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. She serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks

Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks is a tribute album based on the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series, Schoolhouse Rock!. It was released by Atlantic/Hollywood Records in 1996 and contains 15 tracks, the original "Schoolhouse Rocky" theme and covers of 14 songs from the series performed by popular music artists. There was also a promo-only 7" single distributed to promote this album featuring the Man or Astro-man? track and the Pavement track. This single was pressed on yellow vinyl. "Three Is a Magic Number" was one of the last recordings made by Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon, who died of a drug overdose in October 1995.

A portion of the sales of the album went to the Children's Defense Fund.

Spelman College

Spelman College is a private, liberal arts, women's college in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. (Two schools were strictly seminaries and one was originally coeducational.) Therefore, Spelman College is America's oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women.Spelman is ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and #1 among historically black colleges in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The college is also ranked among the top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright and Truman Scholars, and was ranked the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school. Spelman ranks #1 among baccalaureate origin institutions of African-American women who earned science, engineering, and mathematics doctoral degrees. Forbes ranks Spelman among the nation's top ten women's colleges. The Princeton Review ranks Spelman among the Best 373 Colleges and Universities in America.Spelman is the alma mater of thousands of notable African descendant women including the first African-American COO of Starbucks and CEO of Sam's Club Rosalind Brewer, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, former Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds, activist and Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, musician, activist & historian Bernice Johnson Reagon (who also founded Sweet Honey in the Rock), political activist Stacy Abrams, writer Pearl Cleage, TV personality Rolanda Watts, Opera star Mattiwilda Dobbs, actresses Cassi Davis, LaTanya Richardson, Adrienne-Joi Johnson, and Keshia Knight Pulliam, and many other luminaries in the arts, education, sciences, business, and the armed forces.

In 2013, Spelman College decided to drop varsity athletics and leave the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Using money originally budgeted to the sports programs, they created wellness programs available for all students.

Stand for Children

Stand for Children is an American education advocacy group. Founded in 1996 following a Children's Defense Fund rally the non-profit advocates for changes in public education. Stand for Children's mission "is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education."Over the years, the organization has shifted its focus from children's issues to improving public education funding, and from funding to improving the public education system. The organization includes both a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization called Stand for Children, as well as a 501(c)(3) training organization called Stand for Children Leadership Center.

Winifred Green

Winifred A. Green (1937 – February 6, 2016) was an American activist from Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. She was a white advocate for integrated education beginning in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, a time when few white Southerners were leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, and spent her life leading grassroots movements impacting youth and education. After a successful lawsuit, initiated by Medgar and Myrlie Evers, schools in several Mississippi districts, including Green's home of Jackson, were required to write desegregation plans for the 1964-1965 school year. A Mississippi Citizens' Council attempted to stop the integration by advocating for school closure rather than allowing black students to attend segregated white schools. In response to this, Green joined with other Southern whites from the Jackson area and formed Mississippians for Public Education to argue the importance for all children of keeping Mississippi schools open.Green worked as a volunteer alongside lifelong friend Marian Wright Edelman with Freedom Summer a campaign begun in June 1964 to attempt to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi.

Green helped found the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative in 2002 and served on its executive committee, an organization formed to help rural poor women of the American South. She served on the board of directors of the Children's Defense Fund, an organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman. She worked with the American Friends Service Committee. She was a graduate of Millsaps College where she met Patt Derian and began her lifelong career as a Civil Rights activist. Green died at the age of 78 on February 6, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

World Children's Choir

The World Children's Choir (WCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Choir was founded by Sondra Harnes in March 1990 who is also the Choir's Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer.

The choir headquarters is in Annandale, Virginia, and it serves the Northern Virginia area of Washington, DC. The choir provides opportunities to perform choral music to a culturally diverse membership of children from ages 4 to 18. The choir provides financial support to economically disadvantaged children in the area in order to provide them with a broad musical appreciation that might not otherwise be available. Most of their concerts are benefits for causes such as UNICEF, the National Children's Defense Fund, and CARE. The choir has performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the White House.

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