Using Data to Drive Action on Behalf of Children and Families

By the Numbers

This brief tells how data shaped and strengthened efforts to build financial stability among low-income rural families in west central Minnesota. It highlights Annie E. Casey’s Rural Family Economic Success framework and is part of the Foundation’s Strengthening Rural Families publication series.

March 22, 2007

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Social Networks Make a Difference

Family Economic Success

This report — the fourth installment in a five-part series devoted to exploring the power of social networks — opens with an examination of the role that social connections play in supporting vulnerable households and family economic success. To research this issue, Casey experts turned to networking efforts already underway in their seminal 10-site community change initiative, Making Connections. Their findings, as outlined in this publication, identify three areas where social networking strategies hold great promise in aiding America’s distressed families. These are: asset building, jobs and the Earned Income Tax Credit. 

January 1, 2006

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Casey Connects: Winter 2005

Applying Casey Lessons to Rural Poverty

This issue of Casey Connects highlights the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s commitment to helping rural families achieve economic success. 

December 21, 2005

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Building Family Economic Success: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

This report serves as a quick primer on the Earned Income Tax Credit — what it is and why it matters to America’s hardworking families. Readers will also learn about a Casey-led campaign that succeeded in boosting the credit’s profile while securing more than $310 million in tax relief for low-income households. This document is one installment in a 10-part series, called Building Family Economic Success, that spotlights how the Annie E. Casey Foundation is helping to economically empower families across the country.

August 1, 2005

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Building Family Economic Success: Work Supports

Work supports can play a vital role in helping low-income families bridge the gap between insufficient paychecks and basic expenses. The catch? Households must know about and enroll in these important programs. The reality? Many eligible families are missing out — and suffering undue financial instability as a result. This fact sheet spotlights why work supports are so important and how the Annie E. Casey Foundation is promoting their utilization among America’s neediest families.

August 1, 2005

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Casey Connects: Fall 2004

Finding Opportunity in Transition

This issue of Casey Connects introduces the Foundation’s Executive Transition Management Initiative, which aims to help nonprofits flourish during a leadership change. A second story tells how Casey linked families in need to more than $225 million in tax credits in 2004.  

September 23, 2004

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Exploring United Way Engagement in EITC Campaigns

A Report to the Field

This report — the result of a United Way of America survey and working group — reflects the organization’s staunch commitment to helping vulnerable families utilize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). It offers field-tested advice, square-one strategies and EITC program facts as part of a larger effort to help United Way sites across the country support local EITC campaigns.

March 21, 2004

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A Snapshot of Children on the Texas Border

This four-page Kids Count snapshot spotlights what life is like for children on the Texas border. Readers will review the longstanding challenges facing Texas border residents and learn about new opportunities and key indicators for child well-being in these communities.

March 7, 2004

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