Recognizing Excellence

We believe in advancing our work by regularly honoring the work and progress in our communities through formal awards. The Foundation grants awards annually that foster collaboration between Latino and African-American communities, honor the work of young leaders in the movement, and celebrate journalism that increases public and policymakers’ understanding of poverty.

Patiño Moore Legacy Award

Marguerite Casey Foundation launched the Patiño Moore Legacy Award in 2011 in partnership with ABFE and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP). The Patiño Moore Legacy Award recognizes those organizations whose work fosters collaboration between Latino and African-American communities to effect positive, sustainable change for all of America’s families. The award is named after Dr. Douglas Patiño and Wenda Weekes Moore, independent leaders in the fields of higher education and public service, for their ongoing legacy of working together to improve relations between Black and Brown communities.


Puerto Rico Community Foundation


National Domestic Workers Alliance


South x Southwest Experiment


Puentes New Orleans

Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award

Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow – they are the leaders of today. Young people are courageous leaders who stand up every day, mobilizing around issues that matter to their communities. Sargent Shriver was the architect of the War on Poverty and the visionary leader of Head Start, Peace Corps, Job Corps, and VISTA, and he knew this about young people. Throughout his life, he worked to provide opportunities for young people to lift themselves out of poverty. Today, we honor his legacy with the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award, which recognizes youth for their vision, passion, and dedication to improving their communities. We select up to 20 youth leaders each year to receive this Award, and they also become part of a national youth network working together to create youth-led change.

Because we believe so strongly that youth are the leaders of tomorrow, we provide professional development opportunities, including youth-leadership training, mentoring and an opportunity to participate in the Pat Schroeder Board Youth Fellowship provided solely to Shriver Youth Network members. This Fellowship aims to support professional and leadership development by having young leaders participate in Marguerite Casey Foundation Board meetings where they add a youth perspective and share knowledge of social justice issued solutions.

Journalism Fellowship and Scholarship Award

The program, which aims to increase the public’s and policymakers’ understanding of poverty through journalism, consists of two awards: fellowships for professional journalists and scholarships for students of journalism.

“Accurate and inclusive journalism is crucial to our country because stories contribute to the public narrative about poverty and low-income families,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation