Frequently Asked Questions
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, non-profit, bi-partisan organization of more than 5,000 chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general and violence survivors.
The best way to prevent crime and violence is through investments in quality early childhood education, voluntary in-home parent coaching, after-school programs, and interventions for troubled youth. Investments in kids make us safer and pay for themselves many times over.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids undertakes four major areas of activity:
- Strategic recruitment and education of law enforcement leaders and crime survivors.
- Analysis of research and policy and production of reports.
- Earned (not paid) public education media campaign.
- Education of policy-makers and opinion leaders.
- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has helped change the way America looks at after-school programs. Its report, After-School Programs or After-School Crime, contained the until-then-unpublicized data that violent juvenile crime skyrockets from 3-6 pm and showed that after-school programs can shut down this “prime-time for juvenile crime.” Federal after-school funds served fewer than 10,000 kids when Fight Crime: Invest in Kids began in 1996. Today, federal funding supports programs that serve over one million youngsters.
- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has generated verified media coverage of its “fight crime by investing in kids” message in newspapers, TV and radio networks across the country reaching an audience of over 650 million since 1996.
- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has educated scores of opinion leaders and policy-makers through testimony, briefings, and meetings about the importance of investments in children and youth.
- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has played a critical role in winning billions in new federal and state investments in Head Start, pre-kindergarten, early childhood education, and other programs.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is supported by tax-deductible contributions from foundations, individuals, and corporations.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids receives no funds from federal, state, or local governments. Major supporters include: Birth to Five Policy Alliance, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Grable Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Ohio Children’s Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, William Penn Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation, Rauch Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.