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Our Mission

We fight to ensure low-income children in Washington, DC receive a great education and stay healthy so they can learn.

Our Core Beliefs

  • All children, regardless of income or family background, can achieve at high levels.

  • A great education gives children the tools they need to be successful adults.

  • Children need to be nurtured physically, emotionally, and mentally to maximize their potential in school and in life.

  • Children get a great education when engaged families, effective educators, and strong communities work together and remain focused on their success.

How We Work

  • We consider evidence and data to be critical tools in planning approaches and evaluating outcomes.

  • We learn from and share best practices whenever possible.

  • We utilize multiple methods to address problems and believe solutions should be tailored to meet the needs of the community we are serving.

  • We magnify our impact by leveraging our relationships and investments in pragmatic ways.

  • We believe success is more likely to occur when philanthropists, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the public sector collaborate.

  • We operate in ways that are transparent, ethically sound, and respectful of others’ beliefs.


The late Joseph E. Robert, Jr., launched Fight For Children in 1990 to give back to the community in which he and his employees lived and worked. Since its founding, Fight For Children has raised or leveraged over $450 million for education and healthcare programs serving low-income children in Washington, DC. Fight For Children’s fundraising events and other initiatives have directly raised $100 million. An additional $350 million in federal funding for DC education programs has resulted from the combined efforts of Joe and Fight For Children staff.

Joe lost a nearly three year battle with brain cancer in December 2011. To see Fight For Children's remembrance of Joe or to make a contribution in his memory, visit http://www.fightforchildren.org/joe.   You can read more about Joe's life here.

To learn about our programmatic initiatives, visit Making a Difference »

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Fight For Children is an independent non-profit organization that serves low-income kids by promoting quality education and keeping kids healthy. We also produce Fight Night and School Night.