The challenges faced by low-income workers and families have been much in the news lately, amid protests at places like McDonald’s and steps to raise the minimum wage. This moment didn’t happen magically. It’s been years in the making, and philanthropy has played a … Continue reading "Movement Building: Marguerite Casey’s Push to Empower Low-Income Families"
The Louisiana Children’s Museum was recently awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums. The award was presented by First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House ceremony on May 18. The Museum was one of … Continue reading "Nation’s Highest Honor for Louisiana Children’s Museum"
Congratulations to Margarita Romo (of Farmworkers Self-Help) and Farmworker Association of Florida, who were honored recently with Sapphire Awards for demonstrating excellence in community health. The Sapphire Awards, presented by the Florida Blue Foundation, recognize those who have significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for … Continue reading "Two Florida Awardees Recognized for Excellence in Community Health"
Columbia University is hosting a one-day conference, The State of the Black Worker in America. President and CEO Luz Vega-Marquis is participate in a panel titled “Reflections on Black Workers: a Conversation with Philanthropic, Civil Rights, Community Organizing and Policy Leaders” at 1PM. Check out … Continue reading "Black Workers in America Conference"
Cindy Wiesner had just returned from the World Social Forum in Tunisia, and she was already thinking about the next event. The 2015 World Social Forum brought together 70,000 grassroots activists calling for peace, democracy, and social justice. Wiesner, the national coordinator for Grassroots Global … Continue reading "Grassroots Global Justice Alliance: Many Struggles, One Movement"
“Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable and invisible in the workforce” -Ai-jen Poo Every day in America, 10,000 people turn 65. How we care for this aging population is a national challenge, says Ai-jen Poo, the author of “The Age of Dignity: Preparing … Continue reading "Age of Dignity"
“I think the story we’re told is not really the story,” said Susan Williams, who has worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center for 25 years. “Movements aren’t built by one or two famous people. They’re built by hundreds and thousands of people moving … Continue reading "Highlander Center – Training Generations of Change-Makers"
To outsiders, San Francisco is an idyllic wonderland of diversity, tolerance and progressive ideals. But, despite that image, the city has its share of problems – poverty, gentrification and, most notably, a troubling standard-of-living gap between Whites and people of color. For four decades, Coleman … Continue reading "Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth – Making Change for the Next Generation"
“Ask, Listen, Act” is more than a slogan – it’s how we approach our work at Marguerite Casey Foundation each day. We don’t approach our grantmaking in the usual way either. We give multiyear grants for general operating support, rather than restricting funding to specific … Continue reading "MCF – Looking Back at 2014"
On November 11, a coalition of leaders in philanthropy released a letter calling on authorities in the Ferguson and St. Louis area to “preserve human life as the first priority” and respect civil liberties in anticipation of the upcoming announcement of a grand jury decision … Continue reading "Philanthropic Leaders Call for Respect for Civil Rights, Human Life in Ferguson"