Non-profit

Children’s Action Alliance

Website:

azchildren.org/

Location:

Phoenix, AZ

Tax ID:

86-0594785

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $3,281,048
Expenses: $2,486,755
Assets: $3,941,622

Formation:

1993

Type:

Children’s Activist Organization

Executive Director:

David Lujan

Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) is an Arizona-focused left-of-center policy advocacy organization. CAA Is a member of the labor union-aligned Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a member of EPI’s Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist Resources list, and a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network, a coalition of liberal-left state policy organizations aligned with EPI. [1]

CAA has held that the critical race theory-inspired concepts of “diversity, equity, and inclusion make our communities better;” [2] “strives towards equity in all it advocates;” [3] and supports legal status for the “DREAMERs,” illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. [4]

In 2021, CAA received a $233,333 grant from the left-of-center David and Lucile Packard Foundation. [5] CAA has also received multiple $200,000 grants from David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2018, 2019, and 2020; [6] a $150,000 grant from the  left-of-center Marguerite Casey Foundation in 2019; [7] a $100,000 grant from the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence in 2018; [8] and a $90,000 grant from the New Venture Fund In 2018. [9]

Former Arizona State Senator and State Representative David Lujan (D) is the President and CEO of CAA. [10]

History and Leadership

Children’s Action Alliance was founded in 1993 by Carol Kamin in Phoenix, Arizona. [11] [12] As of March 2022, the alliance operates a second office in Tucson, Arizona. [13]

David Lujan is the President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. [14] Lujan originally joined CAA as the inaugural director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. Previously, Lujan was an elected Democratic Party member of the Arizona State Senate and House of Representatives. [15] Former CAA president and CEO Siman Qaasim is a health equity administrator at the Arizona Department of Health Services. [16]

Activities and Funding

Children’s Action Alliance is an Arizona-focused left-of-center policy advocacy organization. [17] [18] CAA has held that the critical race theory-inspired concepts of “diversity, equity, and inclusion make our communities better;” [19] “strives towards equity in all it advocates;” [20] and works towards left-of-center policy positions including legal status for the DREAMERs, illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, and the eradication of supposed “systemic racism.” [21]

CAA opposes educational choice options, claiming they “increase segregation and worsen inequities,” [22] supports the reduction or elimination of juvenile court fines and fees, [23] and opposes tax cuts and tax credits in Arizona. [24] The organization supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) [25] and key Biden administration spending policy proposals, urging its supporters to pressure U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) to support Biden’s policy initiatives. [26] [27] CAA has conducted trainings with the Biden administration to train individuals how to file taxes [28] and previously supported the distribution of COVID-19 relief funds to non-U.S. citizens. [29]

CAA Is a member of the labor union-aligned Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a member of EPI’s Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist Resources list, and a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network, a coalition of liberal-left state policy organizations. [30] CAA is a partner of the left-of-center Arizona Center for Economic Progress and a “lead ally” of the Alliance for Early Success in Arizona. [31] The alliance’s initiatives include Arizona Early Childhood Alliance, Fostering Advocates Arizona, the Cover Kids Coalition, and Arizona Grandparent Advocates. [32]

Finances

Grantmaking

Children’s Action Alliance distributed $25,000 grants to the left-of-center One Arizona and the Arizona Center for Empowerment in 2019. [33] In 2018, CAA granted $15,324 to the Arizona Community Foundation. [34]

Funding

Children’s Action Alliance receives its funding from grants, foundation grants, individual donations. [35] In 2021, CAA received $233,333 from the left-of-center David and Lucile Packard Foundation. [36]

 

In 2020, Children’s Action Alliance reported receiving grants totaling $3,264,431 and reported expenses of $2,486,655. [37] In 2019, the organization received $2,201,694 of contributions and grants and reported expenses of $2,051,874. [38]

In 2020, CAA received a $200,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; [39] a $42,825 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the strategic planning process; [40] and $30,000 from The Arizona Republic’s annual holiday giving campaign, in which the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust matched donations at $.50 per dollar, up to $100,000. [41]

CAA received grants of $200,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; [42] $150,000 from the left-of-center Marguerite Casey Foundation; [43] $75,000 from the Hopewell Fund; [44] $28,528 from Valley of the Sun United Way; [45] and $10,000 from Banner Health in 2019. [46]

In 2018, CAA received a $200,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; [47] $100,000 from the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence [48] $90,000 from the New Venture Fund; [49] $90,000 from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; [50] and $50,000 from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. [51]

Between 2008 and 2017, CAA also received $5,000 from the Alliance for Early Success in 2017 [52] and $70,000 from Mazon Inc. in 2017; [53] $76,555 from the Arizona Community Foundation and $5100 from the Helios Education Foundation in 2016; [54] $100,000 from the Dentaquest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement [55] and $6,250 from Community Catalyst in 2015; [56] $210,000 from the Marguerite Casey Foundation [57] and $260,000 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2013; [58] and $100,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2008. [59]

CAA has also received grants from the left-of-center Ford Foundation as a part of its State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI) [60] and financial support from the left-of-center Public Welfare Foundation to support the Justice For Arizona Youth Program. [61]

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  26. “Senators Sinema and Kelly, Arizonans Need Your Vote.” Children’s Action Coalition. August 10, 2021. Accessed March 5, 2022. https://azchildren.org/news-and-events/senators-sinema-and-kelly-arizonans-need-your-vote/. ^
  27. “American Rescue Plan is a major victory for Arizona children and families.” Children’s Action Alliance. March 12, 2021. Accessed March 5, 2022. https://azchildren.org/news-and-events/american-rescue-plan-is-a-major-victory-for-arizona-children-and-families/. ^
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  29. “Immigrant Families Should Not Be Excluded From COVID-19 Response.” Children’s Action Alliance. July 13, 2020. Accessed March 5, 2022. https://azchildren.org/news-and-events/immigrant-families-should-not-be-excluded-from-covid-19-response/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 1993

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $3,281,048 $2,486,755 $3,941,622 $32,971 N $3,264,431 $0 $59,269 $245,662 PDF
    2019 Dec Form 990 $2,381,163 $2,051,874 $3,162,334 $85,995 N $2,201,694 $0 $66,944 $202,496 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $2,060,469 $2,465,542 $2,644,386 $85,462 N $1,916,441 $0 $60,063 $165,099 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $2,710,989 $2,234,822 $3,360,647 $113,700 N $2,329,749 $0 $62,091 $146,732 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $2,204,659 $2,103,586 $2,887,625 $129,453 N $2,084,873 $0 $48,728 $134,992 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $2,297,691 $2,226,732 $2,897,203 $206,804 N $2,222,055 $0 $46,233 $125,035 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $2,155,854 $2,141,792 $2,903,863 $661,496 N $2,065,456 $0 $43,924 $128,300 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,096,459 $2,065,950 $2,846,603 $676,518 N $1,868,098 $0 $42,138 $111,096 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,960,746 $1,838,174 $2,601,321 $668,696 N $1,740,639 $0 $27,420 $104,495 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,848,560 $1,791,462 $2,327,772 $634,375 N $1,851,461 $1,500 $34,419 $93,354 PDF

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    Children’s Action Alliance

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