The Just Beginnings Collaborative grew out of a groundbreaking multi-year partnership between the NoVo Foundation and the Ms. Foundation for Women (from 2009-2014) that helped to establish a national network of leaders and organizations working to end child sexual abuse. Building on this foundation, the Just Beginnings Collaborative launched in 2015 as an independent project funded by the NoVo Foundation that is designed to support the field in achieving a new level of visibility and impact. We operate under the fiscal sponsorship of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Theory of Change

The Just Beginning Collaborative is guided by a theory of change that was developed by a community of activists, funders and capacity builders representing diverse parts of our movement. Together, these leaders developed the blueprint for our work.

JBC’s theory of change defines who we are, what we are working to achieve, and how we intend to do it—including our guiding values, strategies and outcomes.

Theory of Change

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