Seattle is where it all began. Jim Casey grew up here and knew what poverty felt like. He dropped out of school to deliver packages via bicycle, ultimately building the service into UPS, a global multibillion dollar corporation. Not to lose sight of his roots, he and his siblings formed the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 1948 to help kids who were living in tough circumstances and to stabilize families and communities through creating opportunities.
This brochure contains background on some of the Casey projects and partnerships as of 2007 that reflect that passion.
The Casey Foundation has been a part of many programs that have made measurable strides in impacting the community.
Findings & Stats
The Seattle Jobs initiative uses innovative methods to link low-income men and women with living-wage jobs in the regional economy.
Making Connections White Center demonstrates how communites and neighborhood residents can lead efforts to improve conditions for families and children living in tough neighborhoods.
Thrive by Five is a public-private partnership focused on improving, expanding, and promoting early childhood education in the state.
Statements & Quotations
Making Connections was an important asset that had established connections deep into the community. People had already identified early childhood education and improving the schools as priorities long before we arrived. There were processes in place for the community to get involved and be active. The Trusted Advocates were there from the very beginning. They led the summit [on early childhood education]. We didn’t select White Center as much as White Center selected us. They decided to do this
– Greg Shaw, program director for education at the Gates Foundation
[The Annie E. Casey Foundation representatives] were zealots about having robust data systems and measurable results that would guide the work.”
– Mary Jean Ryan, Seattle Jobs Initiative Board Member
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