We believe in funding what works for our kids.
The Allegheny County Children’s Fund initiative sought to change the way we fund the efforts that are proven to ensure the health and well-being of our kids across the county: early learning, after school and good nutrition.

Attempting to create the Allegheny County Children’s Fund

The Allegheny County Home Rule Charter and state law permit Allegheny County residents to pursue legislation tailored to causes they care about via the voter referendum process to qualify a question for an election ballot. Then, if a simple majority of voters vote YES during the election, the measure would pass.


To qualify a question for the General Election ballot, from June 19 through August 7, 2018, we circulated petitions bearing the question and exceeded our goal of collecting more than 40,000 signatures. The Allegheny County Elections Department determined the petition signature goal had been met, and the question was added to the General Election ballot on November 6, 2018.

A simple majority of YES votes on November 6 would have passed the measure. The effort fell short, garnering 48.4% of votes among more than 500,000 Allegheny County voters.