Casey Awards $2.1 Million in Grants to 21 Organizations That Advance State Policy Solutions

Posted October 6, 2023
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has award­ed grants of $100,000 each to 21 orga­ni­za­tions that edu­cate deci­sion mak­ers at the state and local lev­els. The Foundation’s $2.1 mil­lion invest­ment will help advance the use of data to for­ward laws and poli­cies that help improve the lives of chil­dren and families.

We are excit­ed about part­ner­ing with these orga­ni­za­tions because it marks the first time that we include both long­time Casey part­ners as well as new part­ners we learned about through a request-for-pro­pos­al process,” said Kari­na Jiménez Lewis, Casey asso­ciate direc­tor. We hope to see a mix of tra­di­tion­al and inno­v­a­tive approach­es to pol­i­cy advocacy.”

These 21 grantees will form a peer net­work to reg­u­lar­ly engage with each othr and under­stand issues in their respec­tive states: 

We know that pol­i­cy­mak­ers val­ue chil­dren and fam­i­lies, regard­less of their par­ty affil­i­a­tion,” Lewis said. We rely on a bipar­ti­san approach to ensure that deci­sion mak­ers in states use trust­ed, pub­lic data sources and rely on cred­i­ble, smart orga­ni­za­tions that know what is at stake for young peo­ple in their communities.”

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