Marguerite Casey Foundation

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Budget (2020):

Assets: $883,501,632


2001 (as division of Casey Family Programs)

2010 (as independent foundation)


Carmen Rojas

Latest Filing:

Form 990-PF (2022)

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation is the smaller of the two major left-of-center private foundations created from the legacy of United Parcel Service founder James E. Casey, the other being the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Marguerite Casey Foundation emerged nearly two decades after James E. Casey’s death from Casey Family Programs, a project Casey had formed to provide foster care services in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation is notable for its support of left-of-center community organizing, including the now-defunct ACORN network.

In 1999 UPS made its Initial Public Offering, doubling the size of the Casey Family Programs endowment. Casey Family Programs, an operating foundation, decided to use this windfall to create a private foundation as a spinoff. The Marguerite Casey Foundation began as a division of Casey Family Programs in 2001 and became independent in 2010.


The foundation is named after James E. Casey’s sister, Marguerite Casey, a long-time member of the Casey Family Programs board. Marguerite Casey was not involved in the creation of the foundation.

From its start, the Marguerite Casey Foundation has given money to leftist organizations.  In 2005 the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the foundation had given several grants to the controversial community and labor organizing group ACORN, and ACORN then transferred the funds to Walmart Alliance for Reform Now, which encouraged Walmart employees to quit and collect unemployment if their schedules shifted or their hours were cut. 1 The Marguerite Casey Foundation ultimately gave ACORN $4 million before the organization’s dissolution in 2009; National Public Radio correspondent Pam Fessler reported in 2009 that “the foundation thinks ACORN has done some outstanding work for the poor.” 2


In 2023, the Marguerite Casey Foundation launched the Public Dollars for Public Good (PDPG), an initiative it claimed would be used to promote the usage of public dollars to benefit Americans. Once launched it awarded roughly $5 million in grants to several community-based nonprofit organizations and foundations. These included Native Americans in Philanthropy, the Southern Economic Advancement Project, Addition Collective, Heartland Fund of the Rural Democracy Initiative, the Amalgamated Foundation, Seattle Solidarity Budget, Kansas City Tenants, Economic Security Project, The Workers Lab and the Center for Working Families. 3 The Marguerite Casey Foundation claimed that the inspiration for PDPG was due to key events during the summer of 2020 including the death of George Floyd and COVID-19 relief spending packages such as American Rescue Plan Act. Marguerite Casey Foundation president and CEO Carmen Rojas claimed:

“If the summer of 2020 taught us anything, it’s that those [funds for policing] were public dollars for public bad, like the use of public dollars to oppress people, to isolate people, to kill people…with these big investments that started in early 2020, we sort of saw what public dollars for public good can look like — investments in rural communities, investments in broadband technology, investments in things that people need to live their day-to-day lives.” 4


As of March 2023, the Marguerite Casey Foundation claimed to have paid out over $615 million since its founding in 2001.5

As of October 2023, the Marguerite Casey Foundation listed 66 groups that it described as comprising its “core grantmaking.” These included Dream Defenders, Florida Rising Together, the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, the Power Coalition for Equity and JusticeSoutherners on New Ground, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, and the Workers Defense Project.6

The New York Times reported in 2014 that a report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that the Marguerite Casey Foundation from 2009 through 2012 donated $300,000 to the Southwest Workers Union and $300,000 to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. 7

In 2008, the Marguerite Casey Foundation donated $6 million (with Casey Family Programs adding $1 million more) to support Equal Voices for America’s Families, which held a national convention in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Birmingham, Alabama in which 15,000 people met to demand that the government increase subsidies for child care, health insurance, and early childhood education as well as a substantial increase in the minimum wage. 8 The Marguerite Casey Foundation also was the primary backer of a second Equal Voices for America convention held in 2012. 9

In a 2015 article for Foundation Watch, Tom Johnson reported that the Marguerite Casey Foundation had given NEO Philanthropy $1.5 million since 2005;10 NEO Philanthropy has been described as “the Left’s ‘dark money’ coordinator of choice.” 11

The Washington Free Beacon in 2017 profiled Center for Community Change Action, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with the Center for Community Change which the website reported “has been associated with anti-Trump campaigns for some time now.”  The website obtained an unredacted copy of the Center for Community Change’s 2015 tax return and said that the Marguerite Casey Foundation gave the center $515,000 in that year, with seven-figure grants to the center coming from the Ford, Kellogg, and Open Society Foundations. 12

The Marguerite Casey Foundation also founded Equal Voice Action, a 501(c)(4) which the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported in 2019 aimed “to build a movement enabling poor people to exercise political power.” According to the foundation, the goal of Equal Voice America is to create a “movement to win better wages, improvements in criminal-justice systems, changes in health care, LGBT rights, better schools, and immigration reforms.” The Marguerite Casey Foundation has given Equal Voice America a steady stream of grants, including $1.1 million in 2017. 13

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that “An unfettered debate about Equal Voice Action never happened inside the foundation because everyone knew that it was a priority” for the foundation’s president, Luz Vega-Marquis. 14

2022 Grantmaking

In 2022, the Marguerite Casey Foundation reported paying out $45,838,250 in grants. Major recipients included:15

Event Sponsorship

In 2019 the Marguerite Casey Foundation was the primary supporter of the National Antiracist Book Festival, sponsored by American University. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the university’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, stated the event “will offer one of the most distinguished lineups of antiracist authors ever assembled for a book festival,” adding that his goal was to attract readers “striving to make sense of the presidency of Barack Obama, police violence, Black Lives Matter, immigration battles, Confederate monuments, white nationalist organizing, and Donald Trump, among other topics.”  Among the authors at the forum were two MacArthur Fellows, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Yale poetry professor Claudia Rankine, as well as civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. 16


As of November 2023, Carmen Rojas serves as the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. 17

The previous president, Luz Vega-Marquis, whom took on the position during the foundation’s formation, announced in 2019 that she would retire in 2020. 18 Vega-Marquis had faced criticism from anonymous employees on the website Glassdoor for an “autocratic” management style; the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that stories about the unpleasant workplace environment made it more difficult for the Marguerite Casey Foundation to hire staff. 19

Board of Directors

Ian Fuller is the foundation’s board chair. He is a New York City-based investment manager who has also served on the boards of Common Justice, Color of Change, The Workers Lab, the Proteus Action League, and the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation.20

Rami Nashashibi is the foundation’s board secretary. He is executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.21

Stacey Abrams is a member of the foundation’s board of directors.22 She was the founder of the New Georgia Project and of Fair Fight Action.23 24 Abrams was the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor of Georgia in 2018 and 2022, losing in both elections to Republican Brian Kemp.25

Julian Castro is a member of the foundation’s board of directors. He was U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration from 2014-2017, having previously served as mayor of the city of San Antonio, Texas.26

Janeen Comenote is a member of the foundation’s board of directors. She is the founding executive director of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition.27

Marisa Franco is a member of the foundation’s board of directors. She is executive director of Mijente and the affiliated Mijente Support Committee.28

Rashad Robinson is a member of the foundation’s board of directors. He is president of Color of Change, and was formerly senior director of media programs at GLAAD.29


  1. Lauren Mayk, “Not Quite a Union, But…Wal-Mart Workers Go Public With Their Comments,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune, September 1, 2005.
  2. “ACORN Donations Dwindle In Wake of Videos,” “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, October 1, 2009.
  3. Ramirez, Martha. “A Foundation’s Bid to Build Access and Change Narratives Around Government Spending.” Inside Philanthropy, November 13, 2023.
  4. Ramirez, Martha. “A Foundation’s Bid to Build Access and Change Narratives Around Government Spending.” Inside Philanthropy, November 13, 2023.
  5. “Marguerite Casey Foundation Investment Policy Statement Prioritizes Race and Gender Diversity and Inclusion.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. March 8, 2023. Available at:
  6. “Core Grantmaking.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. October 2, 2023 (accessed via WayBack Machine). Available at:
  7. Steven Greenhouse, “Advocates for Workers Raise The Ire of Business,” New York Times, January 17, 2014.  The National Legal and Policy Center reported that other foundations backing the Coalition of Immokalee Workers included the Kellogg, Kresge, and Public Welfare Foundations. “New Report Reveals Worker Center Union Alliances, Funding Sources,” press release from National Legal and Policy Center, January 24, 2014.

    The founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Greg Asbed, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2017.  Megan O’Neil, “Hard-Fought Corporate Partnerships Yield Big Results for Farmworkers,” Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 13, 2018.

  8. Kevin Graman, “Lifting Up Low-Income Concerns,” Spokane Spokesman-Review, September 6, 2008.
  9. “Marguerite Casey Foundation Unveils 2012 Equal Voice National Family Program and Article Recommendations,” press release from Marguerite Casey Foundation, July 24, 2012.
  10. Tom Johnson, “Partisan Donors Hiding Under Charity’s Banner,” Foundation Watch, December 2015,
  11. Hayden Ludwig, “The Left’s ‘Dark Money’ Coordinator,”
  12. Joe Schoffstall, “Donors of Anti-Trump Group Revealed,” Washington Free Beacon, October 4, 2017,
  13. Marc Gunther, “Praised for Pathbreaking Grants, Marguerite Casey CEO Said To Foster A Culture of Fear By Staff Members, Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 27, 2019,
  14. Marc Gunther, “Praised for Pathbreaking Grants, Marguerite Casey CEO Said To Foster A Culture of Fear By Staff Members, Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 27, 2019,
  15. Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). Marguerite Casey Foundation. 2022. Part XIV
  16. “Antiracist Research and Policy Center To Host ‘The National Antiracist Book Festival,’” press release issued by American University, March 11, 2019.
  17. Ramirez, Martha. “A Foundation’s Bid to Build Access and Change Narratives Around Government Spending.” Inside Philanthropy, November 13, 2023.
  18. “Marguerite Casey Foundation CEO Luz Vega-Marquis Announces Retirement; Leaves Behind Legacy of Building Power For People of Color,” press release from Marguerite Casey Foundation, June 24, 2019.
  19. Gunther, Marc. “Praised for Pathbreaking Grants, Marguerite Casey CEO Said to Foster a Culture of Fear by Staff Members.” Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 27, 2019.
  20. “Ian Fuller” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  21. “Rami Nashashibi.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  22. “Stacey Abrams.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  23. Brittany Gibson. “Voting group founded by Abrams, once led by Warnock, faces financial scrutiny.” Politico. November 12, 2023. Available at:
  24. “Meet Our Founder.” Fair Fight. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  25. Mallory Culhane. “Kemp defeats Abrams to notch second term as Georgia governor.” Politico. November 8, 2022. Available at:
  26. “Julian Castro.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  27. “Janeen Comenote.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  28. “Marisa Franco.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:
  29. “Rashad Robinson.” Marguerite Casey Foundation. Accessed April 29, 2024. Available at:

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Luz Vega-Marquis
    Former president / chief executive officer

Donation Recipients

  1. 9to5, National Association of Working Women (Non-profit)
  2. ACLU Foundation of Texas (Non-profit)
  3. ACORN (Non-profit)
  4. Alliance for Justice (AFJ) (Non-profit)
  5. Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (Non-profit)
  6. Arizona Center for Empowerment (Non-profit)
  7. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta (Non-profit)
  8. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Non-profit)
  9. Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) (Non-profit)
  10. Bend the Arc (Non-profit)
  11. Border Angels (Non-profit)
  12. Californians for Justice Education Fund (Non-profit)
  13. Causa Justa Just Cause (Non-profit)
  14. Center for Civic Policy (Non-profit)
  15. Center for Community Change (CCC) (Non-profit)
  16. Center for Community Change (CCC) Action (Non-profit)
  17. Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) (Non-profit)
  18. Center on Policy Initiatives (Non-profit)
  19. Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (Non-profit)
  20. Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (Non-profit)
  21. Children’s Action Alliance (Non-profit)
  22. Children’s Defense Fund (Non-profit)
  23. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) (Non-profit)
  24. Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) (Non-profit)
  25. COFEM (Non-profit)
  26. Colorado People’s Alliance (Non-profit)
  27. Education Fund (Non-profit)
  28. Common Counsel Foundation (Non-profit)
  29. Communications Consortium Media Center (Non-profit)
  30. D5 Coalition (Non-profit)
  31. Demos (Non-profit)
  32. East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (Non-profit)
  33. East Bay Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  34. Economic Policy Institute (EPI) (Non-profit)
  35. Environmental Health Coalition (Non-profit)
  36. Equal Voice Action (Non-profit)
  37. Faithful America (Non-profit)
  38. Farmworker Association of Florida (Non-profit)
  39. Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) (Non-profit)
  40. Gamaliel Foundation (Non-profit)
  41. Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) (Non-profit)
  42. High Ground Institute (Non-profit)
  43. Highlander Research and Education Center (Non-profit)
  44. Hispanics in Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  45. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Non-profit)
  46. Institute for Southern Studies (Non-profit)
  47. Interfaith Worker Justice (Non-profit)
  48. Jobs for the Future (Non-profit)
  49. Kentucky Coalition (Non-profit)
  50. Khmer Girls in Action (Non-profit)
  51. Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (Non-profit)
  52. Los Angeles Community Action Network (Non-profit)
  53. Maine People’s Resource Center (Non-profit)
  54. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) (Non-profit)
  55. Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (Non-profit)
  56. Mississippi Center for Justice (Non-profit)
  57. Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (Non-profit)
  58. Movement Strategy Center (Non-profit)
  59. NALEO Educational Fund (Non-profit)
  60. National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  61. National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) (Non-profit)
  62. National LGBTQ Task Force (Non-profit)
  63. National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) (Non-profit)
  64. National Partnership for New Americans (Non-profit)
  65. National Urban League (Non-profit)
  66. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  67. New Florida Majority Education Fund (Non-profit)
  68. New Georgia Project (Non-profit)
  69. New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (Non-profit)
  70. New Venture Fund (NVF) (Non-profit)
  71. Ohio Organizing Collaborative (Non-profit)
  72. Faith In Action (PICO National Network) (Non-profit)
  73. Partnership for Working Families (Non-profit)
  74. Pathfinder International (Non-profit)
  75. People’s Action Institute (Non-profit)
  76. Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (Non-profit)
  77. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (Non-profit)
  78. Poder in Action (Non-profit)
  79. Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (Non-profit)
  80. Progressive Technology Project (Non-profit)
  81. Project South (Non-profit)
  82. Proyecto Azteca (Non-profit)
  83. Public Allies (Non-profit)
  84. Puente Human Rights Movement (Non-profit)
  85. Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network (Non-profit)
  86. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) (Non-profit)
  87. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (Non-profit)
  88. Roosevelt Institute (Non-profit)
  89. San Francisco Foundation (Non-profit)
  90. Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (Non-profit)
  91. SCOPE (Non-profit)
  92. Social Justice Fund Northwest (Non-profit)
  93. Solidago Foundation (Non-profit)
  94. Southerners on New Ground (Non-profit)
  95. SouthWest Organizing Project (Non-profit)
  96. State Voices (Non-profit)
  97. Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) (Non-profit)
  98. TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund (Non-profit)
  99. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (Non-profit)
  100. Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (Non-profit)
  101. The Census Project (Other Group)
  102. National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund (Non-profit)
  103. The Workers Lab (Non-profit)
  104. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  105. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  106. UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) (Non-profit)
  107. Virginia Civic Engagement Table (Non-profit)
  108. Voces de la Frontera (Non-profit)
  109. William J. Brennan Center for Justice (Non-profit)
  110. Workers Defense Project (Non-profit)
  111. Working Partnerships USA (Non-profit)
  112. YouthBuild USA (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 2000

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $883,501,632 $10,823,672 $0 $0 $0 $0
    2019 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $813,494,209 $18,576,089 $0 $0 $0 $0
    2015 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $683,135,695 $24,272,883 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $714,753,209 $21,609,111 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $698,175,241 $23,555,077 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $619,185,416 $19,147,757 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $574,631,698 $12,926,684 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

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