November 16, 2016 Dear Foundation staff, It has been a pleasure to have been associated with this foundation since the very beginning. About 16 years ago, Gary Severson organized a small group to discuss a new foundation that would spin off of the Casey Family … Continue reading "Letter from Board Member Bill Foege"
After graduating from the University of Washington, I backpacked around the world and ended up teaching English in a refugee camp with 45,000 people along the Thailand-Myanmar (Burma) border. Despite losing their homes and sometimes even family members, the students wanted an education to help … Continue reading "Grassroots Funding and Ask, Listen, Act."
When I was seven years old, I spent hours hanging upside down from the large cottonwood tree in my front yard during those short summer months, imagining different worlds to go with the shapes of the clouds. During our endless Anchorage winters, I still spent … Continue reading "Turning Alternate Realities into Actual Realities for Families"
Seattle, Wash. – The Puerto Rico Community Foundation was presented with the 2016 Patiño Moore Legacy Award in Washington D.C. yesterday, in recognition of its work to unite Black and Brown communities in a shared vision of economic and social well-being. The award of $150,000 … Continue reading "2016 Patiño Moore Legacy Award Presented to Puerto Rico Community Foundation"
One out of every four women in the U.S. now has a loved one in prison. This stark finding from the University of Washington is rarely seen in media coverage of criminal justice, but it casts a spotlight on how the country’s rising rate of … Continue reading "Aftershocks of Mass Incarceration: One Quarter of Women Know Someone Inside"
Weeks before Hurricane Matthew dealt Haiti its worst tragedy since the deadly 2010 earthquake, Marleine Bastien of Haitian Women of Miami was helping to secure safe passage for Haitians seeking entry to the U.S. The thousands of people didn’t come directly from Haiti, nor were … Continue reading "Light of Hope: Supporting Haitian Immigrants After Hurricane Matthew"
Too often, the stories of families facing poverty are invisible in the mainstream media. Marguerite Casey Foundation hopes to change that, by supporting the work of journalists and journalists writing about poverty with the Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship. We are happy to announce the winners … Continue reading "2016 Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship Winners to Lift Up the Voices of Families in Poverty"
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hidden in a corner of this city, amid a gleaming office park, strip malls, vacant lots, Interstate 40, and perhaps the city’s nicest Starbucks, is a two-story school that holds one of the country’s most promising educational models for Native American students. … Continue reading "Native American Communities Are Fixing Schools"
If you want to understand Americans for Indian Opportunity, a good place to start is its relationship with the pioneering Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the last half century, Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) and its founder LaDonna Harris have been … Continue reading "Americans for Indian Opportunity Develops a New Generation of Leaders"