Your 2020 Give to the Max Donations Will Directly Support Beat the Odds Scholars!
Each year, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota (CDF-MN) honors high school seniors who are facing extraordinary challenges and are beating the odds stacked against them to succeed in their schools and communities. They will become our future doctors, lawyers, engineers, educators, and more. Your donations on this Give to the Max Day will help our Beat the Odds scholars to be supplied with the essentials - from laptop computers to hygiene supplies - that they need to be successful as they pursue their college education.
“We know that children don’t come in pieces, and that we must work together to ensure that children have the comprehensive support that they need to thrive.” Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of Children’s Defense Fund.
To achieve our goal of improving outcomes for Minnesota children, CDF-MN interweaves research, outreach, community organizing, advocacy, policy work, and youth development programming into a seamless fabric. Investments in children and youth come back to us many-fold. By ensuring that young people get a great start in life, they are more likely to grow up healthy and become contributing adults. Your support will help CDF-MN to advocate, organize, educate and amplify the voices of the community.
This year, our communities face the twin crisis of the COVID-19 represents a public health crisis but it is also a financial crisis, an education crisis and a mental health crisis. Furthermore, we recognize that the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequities and structural racism in our communities.
With your support, here are some of the ways CDF-MN is supporting all MN children and families during the pandemic: