For 35 years, SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) has pursued what director Javier Benavidez calls “game-changing improvements” for the people of New Mexico. The oldest and largest social justice organization in New Mexico, SWOP combines deep grassroots organizing — with a member base of over 3,500 … Continue reading "SWOP: “Game-Changing Improvements” for New Mexico"
This week, Marguerite Casey Foundation is welcoming two new faces, Janelle Choi and Elizabeth (Liz) Posey. Janelle and Liz will be joining the foundation as Program Fellows, part of the Momentum Fellowship program launched by Philanthropy Northwest this year. The Momentum Fellowship grew out of … Continue reading "Momentum Fellows Arrive at Marguerite Casey Foundation"
Seattle, WA — (August 20, 2015) — Marguerite Casey Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2015 Equal Voice Fellowship and Scholarship. Sixty journalists nationwide competed this year for six journalism grants to support at least one or a series of investigative and exploratory reporting projects on … Continue reading "2015 Equal Voice Fellows and Scholars Announced"
Marguerite Casey Foundation presented 12 young community leaders with the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award, in honor of their vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of families in their communities. Each of the honorees received an award of $5,000 in … Continue reading "Marguerite Casey Foundation Announces 2015 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty"
What does a community need? For communities that struggle with poverty and lack of employment, the needs can be many: housing assistance; employment training; job creation; wellness and health education; re-entry support; after-school programs and educational support for youth. But what any neighborhood needs most … Continue reading "“Every Block a Village”: Westside Health Authority"
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"