Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), a non-profit whose website states its mission as "dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ," had been set to receive funds that Pierce County Council Member Jim McCune had set aside as part of a measure meant to fund youth violence protection. The ordinance allows county council members to split the total amount of 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax among themselves and elected officials are given discretion over what organizations they can fund.

CEF State Director Jeff Kiser did not express bitterness in a statement about the decision reversal.

"We respect the decision of the county and pray blessing upon them. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. -Job 1:21b," the statement read, according to King 5.