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Action for Children North Carolina

Action for Children North Carolina focuses on issues affecting those under age 18. The nonpartisan group generally lobbies for more funding for childhood health care and similar causes, and has ties to more explicitly liberal organizations.

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As they describe themselves: Action for Children is a statewide, independent, non-partisan, non-profit child advocacy organization, dedicated to educating and engaging all people across the state to ensure that our children are healthy, safe, well-educated and have every opportunity for success. More here.
On the web: www.ncchild.org
Affiliates and brands: Action for Children is the nationally-recognized state affiliate of Voices for America’s Children and is the state Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT partner. At the legislature and in a local political context, Action for Children issues reports and conducts advocacy under its own brand. 
Network*: Z. Smith Reynolds
Funding: Action for children reported raising $602,203 in 2011. Of that, $85,000 came from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. 
Lobbyist: Action for Children has three registered lobbyists for the 2013 legislative session, including president Deborah Bryan and well-known contract lobbyist Randolph Cloud. 
Media Profile: Action for Children is most often quoted on issues affecting those under age 18. Their lobbying presence draws them into stories on legislative action, and their connection to the Kids Count data release provides an annual platform for the group to talk about its priorities. 

Although the group is putatively nonpartisan, it frequently pushes for more money in state funded health care and child care program, which can put it odds with Republican lawmakers. It is also part of the Covenant with North Carolina Children, an advocacy coalition with a much more explicitly liberal lean.  

* Many of the public policy think tanks and advocacy groups active in North Carolina fall into one of two camps: A liberal circuit with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a conservative circuit with ties to the John William Pope Foundation. For more, click here.







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