The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Annie E-News April 2008
Leadership Development
Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits
Leadership development and succession planning are hot topics in the nonprofit sector these days as organizations are challenged to attract and retain young executives. This publication, part of the Casey Foundation’s series on executive transitions, presents emergency succession planning tools, guidance for executive directors on how and when to depart an organization, and suggestions for board members on how to be proactive in assuring that an organization is sustainable over time.

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Education and Early Care
Closing the Achievement Gap
The Casey Foundation supports quality school choices and strong connections between schools, families, and communities in order to ensure that young people graduate from school prepared to succeed as adults. Closing the Achievement Gap is a series of stories, results, and lessons learned from seven years of education investing.
Increasing State Investments in Early Care and Education: Lessons Learned from Advocates and Best Practices
This report, prepared by Voices for America’s Children for the Casey Foundation, profiles efforts in 10 states to increase investments in early childhood. These states -- Alabama, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming -- differ widely in size, political dynamics, budget resources, and in demographics of the under-five population, but common threads exist in the advocacy strategies applied.

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Family Economic Success

Two new feature stories from the Casey Foundation’s rural family economic success work describe how innovative approaches in an isolated region of Maine and in western North Carolina are helping rural families to increase their income and better support their families.

Handmade in America
Residents of the Appalachian region of western North Carolina are redeveloping their economy by building on their age-old tradition of crafts and using it as a springboard to also expand their agricultural and tourism industries. An Asheville nonprofit, Handmade in America, is providing support, inspiration and know-how to help the region build on its strengths.
Expanding College and Job-Skills Opportunities in Western Maine
In Franklin County, Maine, a group of local leaders has brought community college classes and jobs skills training to their area, giving residents new opportunities to qualify for good jobs and higher expectations for their futures. It is also providing employers—and prospective employers—with a new supply of well-educated workers.

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