With the goal of increasing our impact, the Roblee Foundation identifies special initiative areas and awards a concentration of grants to organizations involved in this issue area. Through close relationships with local nonprofit leaders, academics, and peer funders we strive to stay abreast of emerging and persistent issues that impact our geographic areas and funding priorities. While reflecting on these emerging and persistent issue, the Foundation considers a new initiative area every five to seven years. The initiative areas fall within the Foundation's current guidelines. Even after transitioning to a new special initiative, the Foundation continues to fund organizations working in previously identified initiative areas. Organizations submitting proposals for work in the special initiative should refer to and use the application procedures outlined on the our process page.
In 2014, the Roblee Foundation identified Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) as its special initiative area. Often unreported and undetected, CSEC is a growing national crisis whose impact reaches all corners of our society, but disproportionately impacts children living in low-income, underserved communities who are facing homelessness, have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. Without exception, any child under the age of 18 involved in a commercial sex act is a victim.
CSEC and Human Trafficking Resources:
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center: a national organization that provides research, training and volunteer opportunities, as well as victim services like internet safety tips and a live toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
- Freedom Network: a national coalition engaged in advocacy work and training for organizations working with victims of human trafficking in the U.S.
- Polaris Project: a national organization that works to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking