CHN’s 16th Annual Human Needs Hero Reception Wednesday, Sept. 18

Thank you to everyone who helped make CHN’s 2019 Human Needs Hero event a success! If you still need to submit a contribution, please use our general fundraising form here. A copy of the program is available at this link here. If you have any questions please contact Nicolai Haddal:

Honoring: Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman


Wednesday, September 18th 5:30-7:30
AFL-CIO Gompers Room
815 16th St NW Washington, DC 20005

Every year, the Coalition on Human Needs gathers advocates, from neophytes to veterans with decades of experience, to celebrate our community’s steadfast commitment to standing up for the most vulnerable in our society. And there is much to celebrate: We’ve stood up against harmful cuts to programs like SNAP and succeeded in increasing funding for human needs programs; fought for a fair and accurate Census; resisted attacks on immigrants; and much more.

Of course, these accomplishments are only possible thanks to the tireless work of the generations of change-makers who have come before us. That’s why we are especially thrilled to honor Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman for their historic contributions to advancing the cause of the most needy, spending decades advocating for those who need an advocate the most.

We’re hoping you and/or your organization will sponsor the event and be listed in invitations and our program. This is our only in-person fundraising event of the year and all proceeds raised go to supporting the work of the Coalition on Human Needs.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicolai Haddal, Field and Events Coordinator at or 202-223-2532 x115.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has made history through her powerful advocacy for children, the poor, and racial justice for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has played a vital role in expanding child care, children’s health coverage, tax credits, and child welfare and family support programs. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. From his staff work for Senator Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s to strengthen anti-poverty programs to his principled resignation from the Clinton Administration over the enactment of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to his incisive writings and advocacy to end the criminalization of poverty, he has worked for effective policies to expand racial and economic justice.


For over 15 years, the Coalition on Human Needs has gathered together advocates across generations for an evening of celebration.  Our aim is to honor significant change-makers while nurturing the change-maker in all of us.  Each year, we have laughed together, supported one another, and felt refreshed by the vibrant commitment of new and experienced advocates.  And this year, we are especially fortunate in being able to celebrate the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman.

All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales benefit the work of the Coalition on Human Needs. Since 1981, CHN has promoted adequate funding for human needs programs, progressive tax policies and other federal measures to address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable people.
We do this by:

  • Mobilizing advocacy campaigns to protect and expand funding for human needs programs;
  • Increasing support for expanding low-income tax credits, Medicaid, and SNAP;
  • Teaching concerned people how to be effective advocates;
  • Promoting the work of CHN members and strengthening their campaigns; and
  • Providing timely updates through our Voices for Human Needs blog and Human Needs Report.

In addition to supporting CHN’s work, sponsorship allows you to purchase ad space in the program. See information for how much space is available below.

Ready to sponsor? Use the form below to provide your tax-deductible contribution toward an organizational or individual sponsorship, buy lines in the program, or purchase reduced-cost tickets for fellows and interns. Because this event is a great opportunity to bring the human needs community together, we encourage sponsors to bring interns and new staff as well as experienced advocates who have shared much of CHN’s history.

Would you prefer to pay by check? Print and fill out this form, write “Human Needs Hero” as the subject on your check, and mail both to:

Coalition on Human Needs
ATTN: Nicolai Haddal
1825 K St NW Suite 411
Washington, DC 20006

Program Ad Deadline: Please submit finished program ads electronically (no pdf’s, please) to Nicolai Haddal, at, by Wednesday, September 11th. Please feel free to contact Nicolai by email or phone (202-223-2532 ext. 115) with any questions regarding sponsorship or ad formatting.

Important note: “Ticket” below refers to one sponsorship. When sponsoring, please purchase only one sponsorship.

Can’t see the form? Use this link here.