Marguerite Casey Foundation Grants $600,000 to Color of Change and Mijente for Decarceration Work

This blog post was written by Marguerite Casey Foundation staff members Elizabeth Posey, Thomas Vásquez, and Paul Nyhan.

A s COVID-19 continues to grip our nation, we need to move urgently to protect those families who have long been ignored — more than 2.3 million people caught in the web of mass incarceration and detention — as they face one of the pandemic’s greatest threats. Support for our incarcerated family members has been negligible during this pandemic, even as COVID-19 spread like wildfire in prisons, jails…


This blog post was written by Marguerite Casey Foundation staff member Brad Wong.

Nonprofit workers are playing critical roles during the coronavirus pandemic — caring for the ill, providing financial aid, offering counseling, and other services — and supporting the nation’s hard-hit families. On International Workers’ Day, their contributions are showing us again that nonprofit workers are central to communities and the U.S. economy.

Today, nonprofit workers represent the third-largest group in the country’s workforce. Marguerite Casey Foundation grantees are working tirelessly and remotely during this crisis to support families in communities of color:


This blog post was written by Marguerite Casey Foundation staff members Janelle Choi, Joe Burris, and Paul Nyhan.

The pandemic is exposing racial disparities like few other events in recent U.S. history — initial data shows COVID-19 is infecting and killing Black people at a far higher rate than any other group. We urgently need to understand why, and philanthropy can play a leading role.

We don’t know the full extent of what’s happening because we don’t have enough data on racial demographics of who is tested, infected, hospitalized and dying during this global pandemic. What we do know is…


This blog post was written by Marguerite Casey Foundation program officers Joe Burris, Janelle Choi, Liz Posey, and Tom Vásquez.

It’s been over a month since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives. For families who have historically lacked stable employment and access to affordable health care — specifically Black and Indigenous communities, immigrants, and people of color — the disruption has proven to be disastrous. At Marguerite Casey Foundation, we decided to respond to this moment with the full weight of our resources and leadership.

Our grant recipients and partners continue to be on the forefront of supporting families and…


This blog post was written by Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, and Carmen Rojas, PhD, the incoming president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Rojas is founder of The Workers Lab.

The COVID-19 outbreak poses an unprecedented threat to our nation’s low-income families. Prior to the announcement that we were witnessing the emergence of a global pandemic, many of our families were already living precarious economic lives, with nearly 50 percent of workers in the U.S. earning less than $19,000 a year. …

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