Twenty years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recognized that without strong leadership, their investments alone would not make measurable, lasting improvements in child and family well-being. Acting on this conviction, the Foundation developed the Children and Family Fellowship, a 20-month executive leadership program. This results-driven leadership program nurtures a unique cadre of professionals willing and able to do the hard and necessary work of improving outcomes for children and families. This reflective report tells their story.
The 93 alumni and 16 current Fellows are in key leadership positions around the country
Findings & Stats
A 2007 survey found that 25% of the early Fellows were directing nonprofits or foundations that serve children and families; over 15% were running big-city or state social services agencies and managing budgets as large as $2 billion.
Fellows’ leadership clustered around several issues: 20% foster care, 15% early care and education, 9% juvenile justice
The Fellowship Network plays a meaningful role in accelerating results, by giving Fellows a supportive forum for advice, resource sharing and sometimes partnership.
Statements & Quotations
By giving these talented leaders guidance, tools and learning opportunities tailored specifically to their goals, we can extend their reach and accelerate their ability to deliver meaningful results.
– Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Today, the 20-year investment in the Children and Family Fellowship continues to generate impressive dividends.
During the past two decades, the Fellowship and its Fellowship Network have been dynamic forces at Casey and in public systems and communities around the country.