To achieve the best results possible, Children's Services Council works with a wide range of partners - at the local, state and national level - who share our focus on primary prevention and early intervention. Our goal: Palm Beach County children are healthy, safe and strong - and our whole community thrives.
Some examples of those types of partnerships include:
Partners in Advocacy
Partnerships with like-minded organizations, which advocate and educate the community on the needs of Florida's children, help to strengthen Children's Services Council's leadership role and its voice for Palm Beach County children. Such partnerships help CSC develop a common language around children's issues, so whether information is being shared with business leaders or policymakers, everyone understands his or her role and impact.
Partners in Education
Children's Services Council considers it vital to advance the discussion around issues impacting Palm Beach County children and families. And we believe we as a community can't be part of the solution if we don't understand the problem. That's why we enthusiastically participate in local, state and national forums on children's issues - sometimes taking a leading role to prompt critical thinking and problem solving around important topics like infant mortality, quality child care, child safety, teen pregnancy prevention, the economic impact of investments in children and more.
Partners in Funding
One major way in which Children's Services Council's partnerships benefit the community is its joint venture with United Way to create the Resource Development Initiative. RDI staff helps the community maximize its resources by looking for opportunities to leverage other funding for children's programs.
For example, CSC funds can be used by agencies as matching dollars, which are often required by other funders and foundations. Other projects begin as funding partnerships, where each funding source agrees to an amount or percentage of funding when the program is initiated.
During the 2010 calendar year, programs that RDI assisted brought a total of $9.1 million into Palm Beach County. That includes $7.7 million from federal, state and foundation funders from outside of Palm Beach County and $1.4 million from local foundation and governmental sources.
And RDI staff trained more than 180 participants in its grantseeking and grantwriting workshops.
For more information about partnering with Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, please contact John Bartosek, Chief Communications Officer, at 561-740-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.