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The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother.

Beyond Welfare


A small group in Ames, Iowa, is exploring a very different approach to helping poor people, one that links people across income levels. The group’s founder, Lois Smidt, raises some provocative questions about how we try to reduce poverty and measure our success.

Making Connections: A Summary


Making Connections is the Foundation’s long-term, multi-site effort to demonstrate that poor results for children and families in tough neighborhoods can be changed for the better. The 10-year initiative, begun in 1999, is in a transition phase as the knowledge garnered and lessons learned are translated into practical tools, products, and technical assistance.

Bethel New Life


Bethel New Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Formed by a small Lutheran church on the West Side of Chicago in response to the devastation and disinvestment that followed the civil rights riots of the late 1960s, Bethel New Life has been in the business of creating social impact and community change for more than three decades.

Georgia Justice Project

FAMILIES COUNT celebrates Georgia Justice Project, one of three organizations recognized in 2006 for helping America's most vulnerable children have what they need most: strong, capable and economically successful families.

“Our lawyers don’t just want to win a case.  They want to put a family back on solid ground.”  Doug Ammar, Executive Director, Georgia Justice Project

Decades of chronic disinvestment in low-income, minority communities have left over six million families trapped in unhealthy and inefficient housing. The evidence is clear that this unsafe and unhealthy housing stock leads to  housing instability, potential homelessness, and increased risk of housing-based illnesses that undermine the long-term health, development, and productivity of millions of American children.

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