The Children’s Wellbeing Initiative exists because of the shared values expressed in this manifesto.

1. Together, we are building a culture of wellbeing.

2. We believe in working with children, young people, and their caregivers to create a culture where all can have a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose.

3. We believe in honoring the identity and community of children, young people, and their caregivers.

4. We believe our children, young people, and caregivers are at-promise, not at-risk.

5. We believe in working with communities, not for communities, because communities have the expertise to create wellbeing for themselves.

6. We believe in working across communities and silos to create a culture of wellbeing that is both locally driven and reaches all children, young people, and caregivers.

CWI seeks to tackle the barriers that prevent communities from creating a culture of wellbeing for all children.


Often times grassroots community leaders have limited or no access to funding, specialized knowledge, research base, and non-financial supports (e.g., network of peers, mentors, sponsors) that can significantly accelerate the impact of their bottom-up solutions. 

CWI connects change leaders from across communities and sectors to a powerful network of peers and influencers. As a funding intermediary, CWI seeks to connect grantmakers with leading organizations on the ground working to build a culture of children’s wellbeing.


No two community organizations look and operate in the same way, since local context significantly influences their priorities and solutions. But often “big and audacious” solutions are developed and implemented without a community’s consent and/or participation. 

CWI believes in working with communities, not for communities, because communities have the expertise to create wellbeing for themselves. CWI works with organizations in our network to elevate their stories, increase their capacity, and illustrate their impact.


Our change leaders are prototyping and implementing community-driven solutions, which reshape and redefine the children’s wellbeing landscape. We believe as more people experience and expect comprehensive, cross-sectional, and community-responsive programs, demand for the existing system will decline. 

Connected together, we can create a new system of children’s wellbeing and retire the old one. To accomplish this, we will need shift the power structure inside of child-serving systems and put resources in the hands of community and grassroots groups. 

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