The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Helping vulnerable kids & families succeed


Long-term commitments to helping vulnerable children and families

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The Casey Foundation’s approach to grant making focuses on making multi-year, multi-site commitments that enable us to invest in long-term strategies and partnerships that strengthen families and communities. The following initiatives are those that have shown strong results and those for which Casey is best known.  

Child Welfare Strategy Group 
In 2010, Casey centralized the Foundation’s technical assistance, training, and management consultant expertise to form the Child Welfare Strategy Group. This group uses an intensive, embedded consulting model, closely collaborating with clients to spark significant, measurable transformations in public child welfare systems.

Civic Sites

Two cities are known as our Civic Sites: Baltimore – home to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and, Atlanta – home to UPS. Each represent areas where Casey’s grantmaking integrates our best programs and approaches while remaining responsive to local opportunities for well-defined, neighborhood-based, family strengthening work aimed at improving results for disadvantaged children.

Since 2010, the Foundation has been developing a unified approach to implementing proven practices and programs that benefit children's health and development within an urban community. In communities using the model, Evidence2Success works to assess the strengths and needs of the child population, develop citywide system and community partnerships and deliver a broad range of technical assistance and training for leaders and practitioners.

Family Economic Success
The Foundation invests heavily in a set of approaches and projects collectively called Family Economic Success (FES) reflecting our premise that strengthening families is the key to improving child outcomes. These efforts address multiple factors to help families find and keep work, save and grow finances, and build assets to secure better futures for their children. The Center for Family Economic Success directs these programs, as well as place-based efforts to transform high-poverty nieghborhoods.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Launched in 1992, JDAI seeks to help youth involved in the juvenile justice system develop into healthy, productive adults through policies and programs that maximize their chance for success, reduce their likelihood of incarceration, and minimize the risk they pose to their communities.

The Casey Foundation provides funding and technical assistance for a nationwide network of KIDS COUNT grantee projects in each state. They collect data on and advocate for the well-being of children at the state and local levels.   

Leadership & Talent Development 
Casey is building upon its successful leadership development program using a talent management approach for staff, grantees and communities that ensures both the Foundation and the public sector are ready for transition into the next decade with the strongest talent available toward improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and families.