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The Children's Defense Fund began in 1973. Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, founded in 1985, is a state partner of the national organization with a unique focus on the needs of Minnesota’s children and families. CDF-MN is the only policy organization in Minnesota to focus solely on the needs of children. To achieve its goals, CDF-MN advocates at the local, state and federal levels on behalf of children, and conducts research, outreach and youth development initiatives.
CDF is a private, nonprofit organization supported by individual donations, foundation, corporate and government grants.