Report shows group's local commitment

Casey Foundation plans to spend $7 million in city

March 09, 2001|By Alice Lukens | Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization that moved to Baltimore from Greenwich, Conn., in 1994, has compiled its first "Baltimore report" on the impact it has on the city.

Although the group's officials call the report an internal document, they say the $3 billion foundation, the 13th-largest in the country, plans to distribute $7 million in Baltimore this year and expects its staff and operations to generate an additional $4.5 million for the city's economy.

The organization has a national focus, but the man in charge of Baltimore grants says the city benefits by having the Casey Foundation here.

"We spend a lot more money here than we do in most places," said K. C. Burton.

Burton said the Casey Foundation is committed to Baltimore in several ways. Baltimore is one of 22 cities taking part in the foundation's Making Connections program, a 10-year project that aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by helping the neighborhoods they live in.

Begun in 1999, the initiative brings together civic groups, churches, political leaders and residents - attempting to link disadvantaged families with those who have the resources to help them.

Burton said that Baltimore has received less money than other cities in the program but that it benefits from the foundation in ways other cities do not.

Foundation officials try to get involved in the city's civic life, sitting on boards and supporting major initiatives in the city such as the Safe and Sound Campaign, which provides after-school activities.

Burton said 20 to 30 community-based nonprofit groups receive grants of $2,000 to $20,000 each year. The Casey Foundation receives about 300 requests a year for such grants, he said.

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