Making Connections was Casey’s most significant long-term, multisite effort to demonstrate that poor results can be changed for the better for kids and families in tough neighborhoods. The initiative's core belief that kids do well when their families do well and families do better when they live in supportive communities continues to guide our current two-generation approach.
With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, NORC at the University of Chicago has selected three researchers of color to receive $10,000 each. The winning scholars, who are all in the early stages of their career, will utilize Making Connections data sets to advance knowledge related to low-income families, their children and communities.
This report covers the challenging terrains of incarceration, reentry and work. It draws on expert interviews, dozens of resources and two decades of strategic investments by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Readers will learn what employment barriers people commonly face after exiting prison or jail and how to help these individuals pursue — and maintain — family-supporting jobs.
This report shares the results of an in-depth evaluation of Casey’s Social Investment Program. Readers will learn if the program is making a difference, the opportunities and challenges that impact investors commonly face, and what lessons the Foundation has learned in navigating the mission investing field.
As associate director of advocacy and influence, Scot Spencer works to advance strategies that create more opportunities for kids and families in low-income communities to succeed. He also coordinates efforts to spur community and economic development in the Foundation’s hometown of Baltimore.
Senior Leadership Fellow Donna Stark’s career has long focused on building a culture of results. In more than two decades at Casey, she’s steered both system reform and community change efforts and helped social sector leaders improve the odds for vulnerable kids.
In this Five Questions edition, Stark discusses Casey’s results-based framework and shares how the Foundation’s leadership development work has changed through time.
The nation can no longer afford to separate the support children need from the challenges their parents face if we want either to succeed.
This paper summarizes the literature and provides start-up advice for aligning public, private and philanthropic resources interested in “collective impact” when making community-wide changes for kids and families.