Small Investments, Big Changes

A 10-Year Review of the Casey Fellows' Mini-Grants Program

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2010

Summary

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. 

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Key Takeaway

Key Takeaways

In 10 years, 96 grants were made for just over $2.2 million. Of these 96 grants, 44 went to Fellows working in government, 42 went to Fellows working in nonprofit organizations, and 11 went to Fellows working as independent consultants.

$2.2 million directly invested by Casey leveraged approximately $29.3 million in additional funds coming from a range of sources— small local foundation grants for a few thousand dollars each, to city, state, or federal government allocations in the millions.

Findings & Stats

Direct Support

Roughly 50% of the grants supported direct service and/or service development work (i.e., new programs).

Indirect Support

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.

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