The CDF has run several public awareness campaigns, including the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign in 1986, 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, a Beat the Odds program launched in 1990 that hosts awareness events and awards partial college scholarships, and a Youth Advocacy Leadership Training fund.
In recent years, CDF funds have gone towards free tax preparation assistance to low-income families 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.
In 2008, the CDF was among the charities receiving donations from the "Idol Gives Back" televised fundraising event.
Numerous notable individuals have been actively involved with the charity. Reese Witherspoon served on the Board of Directors.J.J. Abrams has funded CDF Freedom Schools in the past.
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