Elizabeth Gaines

Founder & Dir
Children's Funding Project

Elizabeth founded the Children’s Funding Project in 2018 to help local leaders find, align, generate, and evaluate funding to improve kid outcomes, including creating new local, dedicated funding streams. Her skills in and passion for these topics comes from her lifelong career as a direct service provider, an advocate, and a policy analyst. Most recently Elizabeth identified innovations around the country and shared those policy solutions with other local, state and national organizations while overseeing the Forum for Youth Investment’s state and local policy efforts for over a decade. From this unique vantage point she helped policy leaders develop tools and techniques to improve their use of data, increase their policy alignment, and more efficiently apply resources toward greater impact. A native of St. Louis, MO she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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