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Remarks of Patrick McCarthy at the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity  – The Politics of Economic Opportunity Forum – January 17, 2012
Annie E. Casey Foundation President of External Affairs Patrick McCarthy delivered welcome remarks at the Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity forum last month. These remarks previewed the morning’s discussion on the increasing struggles of American families to make ends meet — particularly the lower one-third of American families — and how their troubles are affecting the debates during the election of 2012.



Prepared Remarks of Patrick McCarthy at the Community and Diversity in American Life Colloquium
 – November 30, 2011
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Patrick T. McCarthy was recently invited to participate in the 15-year-old colloquium series, Community and Diversity in American Life. His remarks focused on the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book and the broader message about the Foundation’s work in the areas of poverty, permanence, and place. The remarks were made at the University of Maryland at College Park and were sponsored by the Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education. Previous Colloquium speakers have included Professor Cornel West of Princeton University, Children Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, and Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel.

Remarks of Lisa Hamilton at the 2011 KIDS COUNT Annual Conference – November 16, 2011
Annie E. Casey Foundation Vice President of External Affairs Lisa Hamilton delivered the opening keynote address at the 2011 annual gathering of the KIDS COUNT network in Baltimore, Maryland. These remarks introduce Lisa and her background to the KIDS COUNT network, review the KIDS COUNT achievements of the network over the past year, and outline the initiatives and policy agenda direction for 2012.

Raymond Torres Delivers 2011 Commencement Speech at Gateway Community College in Connecticut
June 2011
Raymond Torres, Casey Foundation's vice president and executive director of Casey Family Services, had the honor of serving as commencement speaker for Gateway Community College’s 2011 graduating class in New Haven, Connecticut. Read the insightful and inspiring commencement speech, which Ray delivered at Yale University.

Remarks of Patrick T. McCarthy at the Winston-Salem Foundation 2011 Community Luncheon
May 4, 2011
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Patrick T. McCarthy was recently the featured speaker before over 900 community leaders, volunteers, governmental officials, and members of the philanthropic community at the annual luncheon of the Winston-Salem Foundation in North Carolina. Patrick's remarks (print copy) echoed the theme of the luncheon, "Celebrate the Power and the Promise of Community Leadership" and he addressed the critical need for support for the new Youth in Transition Community Initiative of Forsyth County. The new Initiative is a comprehensive community plan that will improve the outcomes for foster youth aging out of care. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has provided strong support for this effort and Goodwill Industries of Northwest Carolina will become the program's lead agency. Watch the speech captured on video below.




Kenneth Jones, Vice President, Finance & Administration, Interviewed for Council on Foundations "Our Philanthropy" Newsletter May 19, 2011
Vice President for Finance & Administration Kenneth Jones was recently interviewed for the May roundtable of the Council of Foundation’s new Independent Foundations Advisory Group on his professional work history and events in his career that led to his current leadership role at the Casey Foundation. Kenneth, a member of the Advisory Group, also discusses issues that are important to the Casey Foundation and its mission. 
 
Patrick McCarthy Highlighted in Spring 2011 Baltimore Community Foundation Newsletter April 29, 2011
Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, recently met with Tom Wilcox, president and CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation, to discuss Casey’s work and its relationship with Baltimore. The interview appears on the front page of the Spring 2011 “The BCF Edge” in the series “Conversation with Tom Wilcox.” Patrick was elected to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s board of trustees on March 9th. 
 
Remarks at the Symposium on the Future of Child Welfare – April 7, 2011
The Symposium on the Future of Child Welfare – “Game Changing Innovations for State Administrators” – was opened with three sets of remarks that addressed how technology can help with the most important problems that human service systems face today. The speeches served as a kick off of the Foundation’s Case Commons initiative – the launch of an online application that incorporates user-friendly web 2.0 case management and information systems within the public human services sector. The remarks were delivered by Michael L. Eskew, board chair of Casey and former chairman and chief executive officer, UPS; Patrick T. McCarthy, president and CEO of Casey; and Douglas W. Nelson, former president and CEO of Casey.

Keynote Address at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Inter-Site Conference October 5, 2010
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Patrick McCarthy delivered the keynote address at the 2010 annual Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative inter-site conference attended by approximately 600 practitioners, advocates, and experts. These remarks outline the Foundation’s point of view on juvenile justice reform and how this area of work fits into Casey’s mission of building better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.
 
Remarks of Patrick McCarthy at the 2010 KIDS COUNT Annual Conference – September 22, 2010
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Patrick McCarthy delivered the opening keynote address at the 2010 annual gathering of the KIDS COUNT network in Baltimore, Maryland. These remarks outline the core values of the Casey Foundation and review the achievements of the KIDS COUNT network and the initiatives for the upcoming year.

Simply Put: Selected Speeches of Douglas W. Nelson April 1, 2010
Simply Put is a compilation of speeches by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s former CEO Douglas W. Nelson. With twenty years of leadership experience, Doug Nelson’s speeches highlight the Foundation’s commitment to improving the lives of the country’s vulnerable children and families. Former President Jimmy Carter offers an introduction to the compilation with a few comments on Mr. Nelson’s achievements.

Douglas W. Nelson, Ron Haskins Co-Author Poverty Measure Op-ed
 – March 12, 2010
Annie E. Casey Foundation President/CEO Douglas W. Nelson and Ron Haskins, co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families, commend the U.S. Census Bureau for its plans to develop an updated, supplemental poverty measure in a recent Politico.com op-ed. The new measure will incorporate both conservative and liberal recommendations to improve the system for calculating poverty. More importantly, it will provide policymakers with a more realistic assessment of families' genuine economic needs and circumstances. Nelson has been a longtime advocate for an updated federal poverty measure, having authored a Washington Times op-ed in 2007 on the subject, as well as having given testimony on the subject to the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Supply in 2008.

R. Dwayne Betts’s Story on Incarceration Featured on CNN.com; To Speak Tonight at Central LibrarySeptember 9, 2009
The remarkable story of poet and author R. Dwayne Betts and his lessons learned from spending eight years in an adult prison as a result of a bad decision has garnered attention from CNN.com and the Washington Post in recent months. Betts was a panelist for the 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book launch in Capitol Hill and spoke about his years in the correction system and how that experience has shaped his life. Subsequently, he entered community college and then graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2009, where he delivered the commencement speech. Tonight, he will speak about and sign his new book A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison at the Baltimore Public Library, Central Library Poe Room, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore.

Patrick McCarthy interviewed on SIRIUS Radio about foster care systems and KIDS COUNT
August 31, 2009
Patrick McCarthy, senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was interviewed by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, on August 19, on the weekly “JustLove” radio program. Patrick gave an overview on the importance of permanence for foster care children and also discussed the 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book findings.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness/Maryland July 16, 2009
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson spoke before a Baltimore audience of nonprofit, state, and community leaders this month on the role that philanthropy can play in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. This gathering came together under the planning efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation, and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, among others.

Remarks of Douglas W. Nelson at the National Enterprise Community Conference November 20, 2008
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson addressed several hundred nonprofit organizations, public housing officials, developers, and financial institutions 2008 National Enterprise Community Conference in Baltimore. These remarks focus on the need to create a more positive economic future for children and families through a two-generation investment strategy and how community developers can work to transform places of poverty into communities of promise and opportunity.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the 2008 National Conference of the Alliance for Children & FamiliesOctober 28, 2008
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson spoke to nearly 400 members of the Alliance for Children & Families at their conference in Baltimore. His focus was on family strengthening and the critical role of achieving greater permanence for children. You can read the text or a video excerpt of the speech online.

Remarks of Douglas W. Nelson to the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Washington, DCJuly 17, 2008
President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson appeared on Capitol Hill to present this testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support on the urgent need for a new federal standard to measure poverty in America. Nelson was invited by subcommittee chair Rep. James McDermott (D-WA) to testify on the reasons that the current measure does not reflect the real needs of today’s low-income families and to urge Congress to adopt a new measure of poverty that provides a more accurate statistical portrait of economically struggling Americans. Nelson's full Testimony to the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support is also available for download. The video is available on YouTube.

Remarks of Douglas W. Nelson at the 2008 National Convening on Youth Permanence in Washington, DC
May 1, 2008
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson addressed more than 600 child welfare professionals, youth, and parents at the 2008 National Convening on Youth Permanence in Washington, DC. These remarks outline the need for improving child welfare practice to ensure that all children and youth in foster care have a lifelong connection to a caring, permanent family.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the Community Conversations Breakfast, Hopkins Club – March 6, 2008 
Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Douglas W. Nelson spoke before a Baltimore audience of community and civic leaders earlier this year. His focus was on the Foundation’s work to help disadvantaged kids since its arrival in Baltimore in 1994 and the value of partnerships in revitalizing the East Baltimore neighborhood.

Baltimore Sun Publishes Doug Nelson Op-Ed on Fixing Foster Care in Maryland
The November 29th issue of the Baltimore Sun featured an op-ed by Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson. In "Fixing foster care in Maryland," Nelson addresses issues raised in the Sun’s recent coverage of foster care reform and discusses Casey’s point of view on improving Maryland’s child welfare system. Read the article >>

Welcome Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at Launch of Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity initiative – October 30, 2007
Annie E. Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson delivered the welcome remarks at a major foundation initiative that moves the issues of poverty and opportunity to center stage during the 2008 Presidential campaign. The initiative is supported by Casey, the Eos Foundation, and other major foundations. Read the article or visit the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity website for more information.

Counting What Counts August 29, 2007
Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson notes in this commentary, published by the Washington Times, how the current poverty threshold underestimates what it takes to raise a child and that adopting a new measure of poverty would provide a more realistic assessment of families' genuine economic needs and circumstances. To arrange an interview with Mr. Nelson, please contact Marci Bransdorf at 410.223.2852.

Introductory Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the Center for Working Families ConferenceDecember 7, 2006
Last December, Casey Foundation President Doug Nelson delivered remarks that opened a two-day conference that examined the Center for Working Families (CWF) approach to moving low-income families to work and wealth. The remarks focus on why the Centers matter and how their employment, income supports, and wealth-building strategies benefit low-wage workers.

Closing Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency November 9, 2006
Annie E. Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson delivered the closing remarks at the centennial celebration of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency on October 20, 2006 in New York City. His focus was on the goals for improving juvenile justice and child welfare in the next generation.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the Public Policy Briefing at the Families for Life: 2006 National Convening on Youth Permanence – September 13, 2006
Annie E. Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson welcomed attendees at the public policy briefing session at the 2006 National Convening on Youth Permanence held in Washington, D.C. The Convening was attended by over 450 child welfare advocates and practitioners, policy makers, and youth and families involved with the foster care system.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson on Sending Money Home: Remittances and Transnational Families – May 12, 2006
Annie E. Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson delivered remarks at the Multilateral Investment Funds/Inter-American Bank Conference in Collaboration with the Casey Foundation. His focus was on the Foundation’s commitment to pursuing strategies that strengthen vulnerable families, including immigrant families, and how this has led us to a deeper appreciation of remittance practices, policies, and market issues.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson at the PRI Makers Network ConferenceJanuary 20, 2006
Annie E. Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson was the closing plenary keynote speaker on "Program Related Investments Looking Forward." His remarks were given on January 20, 2006, at Stanford University.

Remarks Made by Douglas W. Nelson at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of State LegislaturesAugust 18, 2005
Annie E. Casey Foundation President Douglas W. Nelson briefed state legislators, staff, and members of the media on approaches to help vulnerable families overcome barriers to work at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual meeting in Seattle, Washington on August 18.

Remarks Made by Douglas W. Nelson at the 2005 Baltimore Leadership in Action Program EventMarch 28, 2005
The Baltimore Leadership in Action Program (B-LAP) launched the Five-Year Action Plan for Achieving School Readiness, a comprehensive plan that, when implemented, will put Baltimore City on the road to making real and measurable gains in the school readiness of its youngest children, from birth to age five.

Remarks by Douglas W. Nelson on Data Collection and EvaluationMarch 9, 2005
One of the most-requested areas for information that the Foundation receives concerns its use of data collection and evaluation for investments and program initiatives. In March 2005, Doug Nelson gave a presentation at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University that describes how this commitment began with founder Jim Casey and how it carries through all aspects of the Foundation’s work on behalf of kids and families.

Women and Children FirstJanuary 8, 2005
Senior Associate Michael C. Laracy adds to the debate about the future of Social Security with this commentary, published by the New York Times, that looks at the role of Social Security as a life and disability insurance program and the millions of children depending on that benefit. To arrange an interview with Michael Laracy, please contact Marci Bransdorf at 410.223.2852.