The Casey Foundation’s Year in Review
Dear Friends and Partners,
As we navigated the second year of the pandemic, we continued working with all of you to make sure the needs of the nation’s children, youth and families remained a priority throughout this crisis and beyond. You helped households make ends meet and fought to advance justice and equity, while responding to your own organizational challenges.
For all of us who care deeply about kids and families, this year delivered unexpected, long-sought opportunities. Historic federal investments — including the expansion of the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit — were game changers for millions of low-income families and young workers.
Your efforts helped bring about this moment, and your voices will be critical in the months and years ahead in shaping investments and programs to ensure all children emerge from this period healthy, financially stable and well positioned to thrive.
In these uncertain times — and in no uncertain terms — your partnership has been critical.
Highlighting the Developmental Opportunity of Adolescence
In January, we launched Thrive by 25, our effort to coordinate and connect programs, systems and resources to develop comprehensive solutions that address issues facing young people ages 14 – 24. Over the next decade, the Foundation will commit at least half of its investments to five key areas: meeting young people’s basic needs, building permanent connections with family and caring adults, advancing education and credentials, promoting financial stability and cultivating youth leadership.
As you will see below, we believe this is a critical area of focus given the unique developmental window of adolescence. At the same time, our commitment to building a brighter future for all children and youth — from birth through young adulthood — and their families remains steadfast.
Preventing System Involvement
Our long-standing work to prevent kids from entering public systems took on new urgency during the pandemic, as we sought to keep them healthy and safe.
Supporting Success in School and at Work
We continued creating school and work opportunities for youth and young adults, working with employees, community colleges and others to remove barriers and equip young people for success.
Promoting Safety, Opportunity and Housing Stability in Communities
We invested in efforts to reduce and prevent violent crime, create economic opportunity, expand access to affordable housing and prevent homelessness, particularly for youth.
Fostering Pandemic Relief and Recovery
We continued our work to support the stability and well-being of children, youth and families throughout the pandemic.
In these ways and many more, you’ve helped create a brighter tomorrow for America’s kids and families. This is important, life-changing work, and we look forward to our ongoing partnership to advance these efforts and more in the new year.
Lisa M. Hamilton
President and CEO
The Annie E. Casey Foundation