The mission of The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children. The foundation corresponds with the mission of the Commission on Children and Youth in the areas of child health, safety and family support.
In 1954, the Legion endorsed the separate incorporation of CWF. Since then, the foundation has granted more than $11.8 million to nonprofit youth-oriented organizations. Grants are awarded to contribute to child welfare in two ways:
Through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or programs designed to benefit youth; and
Through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by established organizations so that information can be best used in society.
At its annual meeting, the CWF board of directors approves grants to nonprofit organizations for projects to be completed in the next calendar year. Members of The American Legion family are primary contributors to the success and growth of CWF.