The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship is an intensive executive leadership program for accomplished professionals. The Fellows Alumni Network helps alumni Fellows with a mini-grants program designed to support ongoing leadership efforts and enable innovation and risk-taking through quick-turn-around resources difficult to secure elsewhere. This report summarizes 10 years of the Fellows Network mini-grants history, alumni involvement and awards.
Roughly 50% of the grants supported direct service and/or service development work (i.e., new programs).
The other 50% of the grants supported indirect activities such as staff or leadership development, organizational capacity-building, strategic planning, research, communications, or Results-Based Accountability (RBA) work.
While the maximum grant amount is capped at $26,000, about 1/3 of the grants (36%) were for less than $25,000, and some were for as little as $6,000.
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With a regularly expanding alumni network eligible for Mini-Grants, the need to carefully target resources and ensure mission consistency has resulted in a new programmatic emphasis on innovation and risk-taking. The next decade of the Mini-Grants Program will reveal the impact of these changes.
This report also provides an opportunity to study, in some detail, the evolution of this self-managing grant-making program, including the conceptual and managerial issues it has tackled over the years. This programmatic story holds relevance for emerging and developing Fellowship programs in the field at large.
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