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Effective Prevention Programs Save Money and Lives

January 30, 2013


Research shows . . .

  • Every $1 invested in substance abuse prevention saves $5.50 in costs for health care, law enforcement and incarceration.
  • Every $1 invested in quality early childhood care and education saves $7, by increasing the likelihood that children will be literate, employed and enrolled in post-secondary education — and less likely to drop out of school, go on welfare or be arrested for criminal activity.
  • Every $1 invested in vaccinating children against measles, mumps and rubella saves $16 in direct medical costs to treat those illnesses.
  • Every $1 invested in long-term intensive home visiting saves $3 in costs for government assistance and criminal justice costs.

Source: Prevention Pays Work Group, 2004

For information on general funding support:

  • Foundation Center offers funding workshops and resources, including searchable funding databases and sample grant application forms.
  • CompassPoint offers trainings and resources for nonprofits, including funding and fundraising tips. For more information, contact 415-541-9000.
  • Center for Nonprofit Management offers online and onsite fundraising resources, along with other nonprofit tools and trainings. For more information, contact 213-687-9511.
  • Developing and Sustaining Prevention Programs, from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides resources that include community collaboration and partnerships, developing a prevention program, making the economic case for prevention in your community or state.
  • Winning Proposals and Sustainable Partnerships was a November 2004 workshop for family resource centers on proposal writing and creating partnerships with corporations and community-based and school-based organizations. For more information, contact Strategies, 888-505-0597.

Originally written by Melia Franklin.