First Focus to Relaunch as Independent Nonprofit

America’s Promise Alliance initiative to spin off effective January 1

First Focus, a 10-year policy initiative of America’s Promise Alliance, will spin off to become an independent nonprofit organization, effective January 1, 2017, but will continue to work with America’s Promise as one of more than 400 national partners within the Alliance.  

Launched by America’s Promise in 2007, First Focus has been the organization’s nonpartisan advocacy arm, committed to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Over the years, First Focus has worked as a “children’s advocate” on a number of important issues, including healthcare, nutrition, education, safety, and immigration.  

Bruce Lesley, president and CEO of First Focus, said: “America’s Promise has been a great incubator for us over the years and will remain steadfast partners in our efforts to push for equity for all kids. We look forward to continuing our work together to improve the lives of children.”  

President and CEO of America’s Promise John Gomperts said: “First Focus has helped millions of children get the federal help they need to begin to reach their potential. The spin-off is a testament to the organization’s success and a logical next step. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with First Focus as Alliance partners and wish them well as they start this new chapter.”  

The mutual decision to separate was carefully considered and thoughtfully planned by both organizations over several months.

First Focus will move its office to 1400 Eye Street NW and will reopen in its new space on January 3rd.

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, bringing together more than 400 national organizations and thousands of community leaders to focus the nation’s attention on young people’s lives and voices, lead bold campaigns to expand opportunity, conduct groundbreaking research on what young people need to thrive, and accelerate the adoption of strategies that help young people succeed.