Grassroots Engagement: Equal Voice Networks

This is what can happen when you believe in people.

As part of Marguerite Casey Foundation’s commitment to advance the goals of the 2008 Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign, the foundation initiated strategic network mini-grants to support budding local and regional networks that stemmed from the national campaign. These locally organized and administered networks represent one of the foundation’s goals: to support grassroots-generated structures to foster civic engagement.

In 2009, the first of three years in which the mini-grants were offered, the foundation awarded $525,000 for 18 projects across its funding regions. Today, over two dozen active Equal Voice networks across the foundation’s four grantmaking regions are working to advance family-friendly policies that support families’ economic and social well-being.