America Forward Federal Budget and Appropriations Priorities and Activities
America Forward is committed to advocating for funding for federal programs that spur innovation, reward results, catalyze cross-sector partnerships, and advance equity to propel America forward. Our America Forward Coalition organizations work in communities across the country and believe that non-defense discretionary funding is essential to economic recovery and growth, adequate public health response, resources for our nation’s schools and colleges, needed programming to help skill-up our workforce, activities for addressing our eroding infrastructure, and for ensuring our national security. These programs have already been cut in past budget years, and despite assertions about the lack of evidence to support their impact, there are many positive examples of the outcomes achieved from investments in these critical programs.
We strongly support a refocusing of government funding to what works.
To do this, however, we need to support funding for innovation and evaluation, the use of tiered-evidence approaches to target federal funding to programs that have greater evidence of effectiveness, and the inclusion of performance-based funding provisions to build the evidence base to ensure we know what is working and what doesn’t before making drastic cuts to important programs that directly impact millions of children, youth, and adults across this country. We know first-hand that evidence-based community partners play a critical role in increasing the return on investment of government dollars, and supporting our students and communities with responsive programs and solutions to tackle our most significant challenges.
America Forward is actively working to advocate for the continued federal funding of effective social innovation programs leveraged by the America Forward Coalition, that are providing solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems.
Contacting your Member of Congress is one of the most impactful ways to make your voice heard. Congressional offices track all calls, letters, and meeting requests from constituents so it is critical they hear from you about the impact of the decisions they are in the process of making regarding funding for federal programs.
America Forward has long believed that policy happens when preparation meets opportunity and that social impact happens when good policy meets effective implementation. We focus relentlessly on the enactment and implementation of the policies our Coalition members care about most and our strategy includes both offensive and defensive activities, and calls upon an unprecedented level of commitment and resolve from all in our community.