Marguerite Casey Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Marguerite Casey Foundation focuses public health grantmaking mainly on food security, community health and access to health care.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers approaching this funder should highlight their work with underserved, marginalized and vulnerable communities. 

PROFILE: In 2001, the Casey Family Programs—a nonprofit dedicated to improving the foster care system in the United States—established the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which works to expand the reach of the Casey Family Programs.

The mission of the Casey Foundation is to “help low-income families strengthen their voice,” and help communities build a “more just and equitable society for all.” While this mission encompasses many current social issues like income inequality, gentrification, police accountability, and voter suppression, the foundation's public health focus includes grantmaking on food security, access to healthcare and the promotion of healthy environments and lifestyles.

Casey grants run the gamut, from $1,000 to $1.5 million. Most, however, are $50,000 to $300,000. According to the foundation, the average grant is around $240,000. Casey spreads its grants fairly evenly among large national organizations and grassroots and community groups. For example, the Children’s Defense Fund is a past grantee—the fund received a grant for its community leadership program to engage rural communities in advocacy for healthcare, job training and education. The American Indian Association of Tucson is also a past grantee; support went to its social, economic, education, housing, wellness and advocacy services.

To learn more about Casey grantees, explore its searchable grants database.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, requests for funding, or grant proposals.

PEOPLE:

  • Luz A. Vega-Marquis, President and CEO
  • Miles Wilson, Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation
  • Joseph Burris, Program Officer
  • Janelle Choi, Program Officer
  • Liz Posey Program Officer
  • Tom Vasquez, Program Officer

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