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Advancing Social Change Through Movement Building, One Relationship at a Time

July 1, 2019

One of our goals is to educate the field of philanthropy in how general operating support is the most strategic and effective form of funding to provide to organizations. We believe the case study model is an effective way to tell the story of transformational change that can occur when Foundations commit to building strong partnerships with organizations and providing long-term general operating support. We selected three organizations that started receiving grants in 2002 and have continued to receive grants and asked Harder+CO, an agency that specializes in using an investigative journalism approach, to explore how the Foundation's support influenced the organizations, the communities they serve and the movement's groups are building.Brief Learnings from this 2019 Case Study include:Multi-year unrestricted funding allows an organization the flexibility to stay true to its mission without compromising values and long-term goals.Network building support has strengthened grantees efforts to work across issues and advance long-term policy efforts.Unrestricted support allows grantees to staff their organizing efforts for long-term, culturally responsive advocacy.Long-term relationships with the Foundation provide endorsement value and instill confidence in the organization.

2018 Movement Building Report

October 1, 2018

This report examines our grantmaking in 2016 and trends in movement building over an eight-year period. Marguerite Casey Foundation uses a framework of five indicators to assess progress in movement building. Our analysis of these indicators yielded several key takeaways that inform our work going forward.

Making it in America: Working Families, Low Wages, and the American Dream

July 20, 2018

The Foundation held a series of roundtables in 2006 with working families, policymakers and policy analysts to exchange ideas and come up with strategies to help families move out of poverty and reclaim the American dream. Making it in America is the result of these discussions

2008 Marguerite Casey Foundation Grantee Survey Report

July 3, 2018

The Foundation's 2008 Grantee Survey Report presents some of the results of our grantee's work in the face of tremendous pressure from the economic downturn.

2012 Marguerite Casey Foundation Annual Report: Young Movement Builders

July 3, 2018

This year's annual report profiles the 12 inaugural "Youth Poverty Warriors," each of whom exemplifies Shriver's and the foundation's belief that youth can fundamentally change society for the better.

Different Incomes, Different Dreams

July 3, 2018

This report presents findings from a survey of over 1,500 families in 2004 and 2005 which examined attitudes around poverty before and after Hurricane Katrina.

2011 Marguerite Casey Foundation Annual Report: Youth Leading Change

July 3, 2018

In this year's annual report, we bring you the stories of four young people who are making a difference. In each case, the youth found support from their families and communities to transform their own painful personal experience into positive change, investing their gift of resilience for the good of others.

Marguerite Casey Foundation 2012 Impact Assessment Report

July 3, 2018

The Foundation's 2012 Impact Assessment Report focuses on the impact of the multi-year, general operating support provided to organizations nationally, and in our four regions of grantmaking.

Paving a Road of Hope: Reflections on the First 10 Years of Marguerite Casey Foundation

April 1, 2018

A look back at the lessons learned during the Marguerite Casey Foundation's first ten years.

Skin in the Game: The Federal Tax System, Tax Reform and Poor Families

March 1, 2018

In 2012, we prepared an analysis of the tax treatment of poor families in the context of comprehensive tax reform and the argument that poor families do not pay federal taxes and thus do not have "skin in the game."

Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool

May 2, 2017

This self-assessment tool for non-profit organizations was developed by the Marguerite Casey Foundation to help organizations understand their current capacity and map out goals for improvement based on four key areas crucial to success, based on The Conservation Company's Capacity Assessment Grid: Leadership, Adaptive, Management, and Operational capacity. The tool provides instructions for filling out the form as well as calculations that provide a score to benchmark progress toward improvement. Results from the assessment can also help grantmakers deepen their understanding of the current capacity of their grantees as well as track their growth in capacity over time.

Fifteen Years of Philanthropic Leadership: A Summative Evaluation of the Marguerite Casey Foundation

July 1, 2016

In 2016, the Foundation commissioned a summative evaluation to facilitate reflection on lessons learned over 15 years and provide recommendations for future work.