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Marguerite Casey Foundation


Last profile update: 05/25/2018
Last grant data update: 06/05/2018

At A Glance

Marguerite Casey Foundation

(formerly Casey Family Grants Program)

1425 4th Ave., Ste. 900

Seattle, WA United States 98101-2222

Telephone: (206) 691-3134


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 2001 in WA - Marguerite Casey was born in Seattle, Washington on Sept. 5, 1900, the only daughter and last of four children to Henry J. and Annie E. Casey. Like her brother Jim, the founder of United Parcel Service, Marguerite Casey believed deeply in the importance of family, and spent much of her adult life working to create opportunities for families and communities to succeed and thrive. In 1948 Marguerite and her three brothers established the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Almost two decades later, Jim Casey's interest in long-term foster care led him to establish Casey Family Programs (1966) in the family's home town of Seattle. Sharing her brother's passion and vision for improving the foster care system, Marguerite served as a board member for Casey Family Programs from 1966-1971. Marguerite Casey Foundation was officially created by Casey Family Programs in Oct. of 2001 to help expand Casey's outreach. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation makes grants that encourage low-income families to strengthen their voices and mobilize their communities in order to build a more just and equitable society for all. Its grantmaking is informed and guided by the following goals and objectives: engage low-income parents in efforts to improve conditions for their families, connect grantee organizations within and across regions and disciplines for movement-building, and enhance the capacity and effectiveness of cornerstone organizations in low-income communities. The grantmaking is focused on three areas: education, advocacy and activism.