Communities involved with Casey Foundation initiatives in 2017 received support to help children transition from foster care, reduce reliance on juvenile detention, assist parents in becoming more financially stable, expand programs and policies that produce proven results for kids and families and return tax-refunded dollars to neighborhoods.
A new infographic offers a glimpse into some of these accomplishments from the Foundation’s 2017 investments. 2017 Making a Difference offers selected data points under the Foundation’s four strategy areas: family, opportunity, community and strategies for scale. For example:
- The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s Opportunity Passport provided support to help 3,356 young people transitioning from foster care pay for education, housing and cars.
- Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential connected nearly 1,200 young people to employment, education and skills training through partnerships in eight states.
- Baltimore’s summer jobs program, part of Casey’s work to transform disinvested neighborhoods, placed 8,300 young adults in jobs earning at or above the Maryland minimum wage.
- KIDS COUNT grantees in every state provided data and advocacy that led to 828 policy wins for children on issues such as child welfare, education and health care. These policy changes resulted in more than $45 billion in new state funding for children and families.
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Overall in 2017, Casey provided $135 million in grants, technical assistance and consulting. The Foundation also invested $90 million of its endowment in housing, community and economic development and increased access to capital for entrepreneurs of color and innovation in human services technology.
Driving all of its work is Casey’s mission to build brighter futures for millions of children by strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity.
“Everything we’ve been able to achieve is rooted in the powerful partnerships that we’ve forged across the nation in pursuit of better results for kids,” says Casey President and CEO Patrick McCarthy. “Together with our partners, we are making a meaningful difference, and we look forward to building on our gains to make sure kids and families have what they need to thrive.”
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