The Annie E. Casey Foundation Joins White House Initiative to Support Young Men of Color
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and nine other philanthropies are joining efforts with the White House to help America’s young men of color reach their full potential and give all young people the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life. In total, these national foundations have pledged to contribute a combined $7.5 million to coordinate the initiative.
Low Reading Scores Show Majority of U.S. Children Not Prepared for Future Success
In a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, the country will not have enough skilled workers for an increasingly competitive global economy by the end of this decade.
About the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the nation, with assets of more than $2.3 billion. The Foundation provides about $190 million in grants each year and is ranked among the top philanthropies for charitable giving. Established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, the Foundation’s primary mission is to foster public policies, human services, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.