Forever Changing California’s Commitment to the Emotional Well-Being of its Children

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California Children’s Trust

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The first $1,500 will be matched.

A Catalytic, Exponential Investment in California’s Children

The California Children’s Trust is a time-bound initiative. 

Over the next three years, if Principal Alex Briscoe and the team are right, California will be well underway towards a children’s social and emotional well-being rebirth. 

Unlike so many nonprofits, what donors get from their investment in the Trust is not meals delivered, young people trained, or even trees planted. It is catalytic, leveraging enormous untapped federal funding streams and creating new ones at the state level that promise to change the future for millions of California children. 

The team seeks $350,000 to support its important work to this end. 


The California Children’s Trust is committed to working together to reinvent our state’s approach to children’s social, emotional, and developmental health. We are a statewide initiative that seeks to improve child well-being through policy and systems reform.
(415) 629-8142
Contact: Alex Briscoe

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Zellerbach Family Foundation was committed to finding a solution to California’s children’s mental health crisis. In 2017, we convened a group of stakeholders that resulted in seed funding to jump start and help grow California Children’s Trust (CCT) as a policy advocacy coalition to re-imagine California’s approach to children’s behavioral health and use Medi-Cal as a tool for equity and justice for historically marginalized and underserved children. Fast forward to the 2021-2022 state budget with nearly $10 billion committed to the behavioral health and well-being of children – in schools, health care, early childhood programs, child welfare. Although no single coalition or effort can take responsibility for this unprecedented investment and state-level commitment, CCT has become a leading voice with policymakers, and its strategic and persistent advocacy helped change minds and pave the way for a reimagined children’s behavioral health system that includes structural and cultural changes along with increased investment.
Amy Price
Program Executive, Zellerbach Family Foundation

Key Supporters

Jennifer Tracey, Zero to Three
Ben Miller, Well Being Trust
Deborah Kong, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
September Jarrett, Heising-Simons Foundation
Lisa Stone Pritzker, Lisa Stone Pritzker Foundation
Rajni Dronamraju and Elizabeth Hawkins, Genentech
Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation
Sarah Crow, First 5 Policy Center
Chandrika Zager, Marin County Behavioral Health
Dan Tuttle, Stupski Foundation
Theresa Zighera, First 5 San Francisco
Jay Liao, Our Children Our Families Council
Katie Albright, Safe & Sound
Kimberly Ricketts, Casey Family Programs
Chevon Kothari, Sacramento County Health Care Services Agency
Thanh Do, First 5 Santa Clara
Kim Belshe, First 5 Los Angeles
Catherine Teare, California Health Care Foundation
Pedro Arista, Hellman Foundation
Susannah Sarlo, The Susie Sarlo Family Fund
Cecilia Oregon, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy Studies
Dr. Anda Kuo, UCSF Center for Child and Community Health