Marguerite Casey Foundation established its grantmaking regions based on the geographic regions of the country with the highest concentrations of child and family poverty, (according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count data report). Initially there were four grantmaking regions: Midwest, South, Southwest and West. In 2004, the foundation added grantmaking in Washington state, through the Home State Fund. The Home State Fund was discontinued in 2011.
Each grantmaking region has a unique history, demographic profile and challenges to building a movement of low-income families advocating across issues, race and regions. Continue reading to learn more about each region’s background and focus.