The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Annie E-News August 2008
Family Economic Success
Annie E. Casey Foundation Urges Congress to Adopt a New Poverty Measure
A U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee held a hearing on July 17th, 2008 on a proposal to establish a new measure of poverty in the United States. Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson testified that today’s poverty measure does not reflect the real needs of America’s low-income families.
Shining a Light on Poverty - And Efforts to Combat It
The summer 2008 issue of our print newsletter, Casey Connects/Insites, describes how the Foundation has stepped up efforts to support promising efforts nationwide to combat poverty, while also building the popular and political will needed to spur action by federal, state, and local policymakers. Insites features stories of people whose lives are improving thanks to sucessful approaches to combat poverty.
Neighborhood Pipelines Connect Families to Good Jobs with Benefits
Labor Day is close at hand -- a well-deserved day of rest for America’s working families – yet many Americans in low-income neighborhoods don’t have jobs that provide supports like paid leave, health benefits, and career advancement. This publication is first in a series describing the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s efforts to link residents, schools, and community organizations with employers, agencies, and officials to help families obtain good jobs with benefits. The report includes stories from our Making Connections sites in Seattle/White Center, San Antonio, and Louisville.

Date and Advocacy
New Data Available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center
The following data are now available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center, our powerful, user-friendly online database of more than 100 indicators of child well-being.
  • Race and Ethnicity -- New comprehensive state-level data on kids and families in the five largest racial and ethnic groups – African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and Non-Hispanic White – are now available online for 10 key indicators including low birthweight babies and children in poverty. Data show that across the United States, children of color continue to face disproportionately more obstacles than other children.
  • Birth Outcomes -- State- and city-level data on birth outcomes are now available from the report, 2008 Right Start for America's Newborns: City and State Trends. Data spotlight gaps in birth conditions and health status for the nation's infants. Generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles, or download the entire data set as delimited text files.

Community Change
East Baltimore Development, Inc. Wins 2008 U.S. Commerce Department Award for Urban Economic Development
East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI) received the 2008 Excellence in Economic Development Award for Urban or Suburban Economic Development from the U.S. Department of Commerce on August 7, 2008. EBDI was recognized for a commitment to sound, research-based, market driven economic development in helping grow the local economy. The Casey Foundation partners with EBDI, Johns Hopkins Institutions, the City of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and other foundations in the East Baltimore Redevelopment Initiative.
Loan Fund Created to Revitalize America's Cities
Living Cities, a collaborative of 20 of the nation's largest foundations and financial institutions, has launched the Living Cities Catalyst fund, a vehicle to pool and invest flexible capitol to revitalize America's cities. The fund goes beyond real estate and housing development to help organizations expand innovative activities in sectors such as workforce development, education, and access to healthy foods. The Annie E. Casey Foundation invested $3.5 million through a Program-Related Investment in the $20 million fund. Other investors include the Ford Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.
Engaging Youth in Community Change
Youth programs and organizations have developed a variety of approaches for including young people in decision-making processes that affect them, their peers, and their communities. Despite these efforts, little is known about these approaches. The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded the Finance Project to produce a report on the state of knowledge on financing and sustaining youth engagement programs.