About the Children’s Services Fund
WHO ARE WE?
In 2020, Jackson County was home to more than 165,000 children and youth under 18 years of age, and ranked 75th out of 114 Missouri counties for child welfare. Thirty-two percent of our county’s children under 6 years of age live in poverty. Twenty-five percent of our older kids do, too. Hundreds are victims of abuse or neglect. Thousands require clinical psychiatric care. A prior needs assessment of funding for children’s services in Jackson County revealed an annual funding gap of over $21M. CSF exists to change this story. Uniting care, connection, and creativity, we are providing opportunities to give hope to Jackson County kids.
CSF is an innovative way to support child well-being projects. While we are funded by a Jackson County sales tax, we are a stand-alone organization led by an independent board. We are committed to community equity. Our board is balanced to reflect our county, and we work to educate and support all applicants, so everyone—including small organizations and first-timers—has a fair shot at funding. We believe in fresh solutions, constant progress and collaboration. Our work allows us to see the whole-county picture, so we can connect like-minded partners and promote new collaborations.
CSF strives to be ethical, accountable, innovative, collaborative and inclusive. Our vision is to create community, fairly distribute funds and openly advocate for the emotional and social well-being of Jackson County children.
INVEST IN CHILDREN
Invest in the mental health and social-emotional well-being of children in Jackson County and serve as a champion for children and their families.
Invest in, collaborate with and convene partners and other organizations to align community resources with the needs of Jackson County children.
Demonstrate the collective impact of CSF investments by defining and measuring tangible results. Earn the community’s ongoing confidence in the work of CSF.
Ensure a diverse and open culture through operations and governance focused on continuously improving outcomes for children.
What We Fund
We fund 10 service areas that promote mental health and social-emotional well-being of Jackson County kids.
Our Community Impact Framework
We make funding decisions based on key areas of impact and specific activities and outcomes. This framework is designed to support programs focused on prevention, resilience, and community, as well as supporting new opportunities that strengthen organizations and help them grow, expanding their reach and helping more of our kids thrive.
Take a closer look at what guides our funding decisions.
From early childhood to late adolescence. In homes, in schools, and in the community. Our funded partners are doing important, innovative work for kids.
How Do We Work?
The backstory: In November 2016, Jackson County voters approved a ⅛ cent sales tax to fund CSF. Jackson County Ordinance 4951 established the fund in January 2017, and the tax went into effect in April 2017. Since our inception, we have awarded almost $85 million to nonprofits and schools in support of childhood mental health and to protect the well-being and safety of Jackson County’s young people and their families.
In 2022, we’re supporting 102 projects with $19.9 million.