Marguerite Casey Foundation exists to help low-income families strengthen their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.

When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by

Every great social movement has been led by those most affected. The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception. This is no top-down “War on Poverty” that can be abandoned … More >

Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by

Redefining Poverty Away from Blame and Toward Solutions What does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let’s start with the dictionary. According to the professional word-wranglers at Merriam-Webster, poverty is “the state of one who … More >

A Living Wage is an Equal Voice

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by

Take a look at your bills, starting with essentials: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family just to get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would … More >

From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda: Families Flip the Script

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by

Every responsible funder must consider the question of what it means to be a good steward of the assets with which we have been entrusted –to ensure that our capital grows so that we can continue to offer support to our grantees. Equally important is … More >

Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy’s Power to Convene

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together. The ritual of gathering … More >

Who Leads?

Posted on October 13th, 2013 by

August 28, 2013, marked the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for civil rights in the history of our nation. Little more than a year later, Martin Luther King, Jr., won the Nobel Peace Prize … More >