Impact and Legacy Fund Programs


2023 Children Book Changemakers Conference

On Thursday, June 8th at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT, you’re invited to the Children’s Book Changemakers Conference, presented by the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund.


Russell Freedman Award

The Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World (currently closed), given to a work of nonfiction that contributes to our understanding of how to make our world and society better.


SCBWI Conversations

Earlier this season, we hosted a conversation between student advocates and banned authors.


Stephen Fraser Encouragement Fund

The Stephen Fraser Encouragement Fund (currently closed) offers three no-strings attached yearly grants of $2,000 each to three children’s book authors, artists or translators who have traditionally published at least one book.


Student Advocates for Speech Program

The Student Advocates for Speech Program, a collaboration between SCBWI and The National Coalition Against Censorship to train high school students in the underlying issues related to freedom of speech and expression.


Monthly Microgrants

A stipend of $1500 is awarded each month to organizations or individuals selected by the Steering Committee for their outstanding work in the children’s book field.


The Charlotte and Wilbur Award for Compassion for Animals

Given to a traditionally published book that demonstrates regard and compassion for animals.


Legacy Interviews

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See the leadership of SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund

Under the guidance of Managing Director Lin Oliver, who reports to the SCBWI Executive Director and Board of Directors, The Fund is led by a Steering Committee comprised of the following members.