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The Case Foundation's mission is to achieve sustainable solutions to complex social problems by investing in collaboration, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Today, the foundation is pursuing a number of initiatives, and is particularly focused on three strategies: Encouraging collaboration; Supporting successful leaders; and Fostering entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector. The foundation is applying these strategies to meet the needs of underserved children and families; create thriving and sustainable economic development for communities; bridge cultural and religious divides; expand civic engagement and volunteerism; and accelerate innovative approaches to health care.

Jean and Steve Case founded the Case Foundation in 1997 to reflect their family's heartfelt commitment to finding lasting solutions to complex social challenges. 

The foundation's work stretches across the United States and around the world. To date, we have supported more than 150 organizations that reflect our commitment to collaboration, leadership, and entrepreneurship — and, ultimately, to improving the health and well-being of children, families, and communities.

Grants Policy

The Case Foundation invests its resources in specific projects and initiatives that complement our approach to philanthropy.  Our grants and staff time are focused on partnerships that we develop proactively with nonprofits, businesses, and other foundations.

We regret that we are unable to review or consider unsolicited proposals.

History

Since Jean and Steve Case established the Case Foundation in 1997, the foundation has worked to address complex social problems by partnering with a number of local, national, and international organizations. In many cases, our hands-on local efforts have informed our work in shaping and supporting larger initiatives.

A specific example of this approach is the foundation's early efforts to bridge the "digital divide" — which began by identifying Computer Learning Centers Partnership (CLCP) in Fairfax County, Va., as a model for after-school technology programs that could be adopted nationally.

The initiative's positive impact on students led to a major national investment in 1999, when Jean and Steve spearheaded an effort to bring together high-tech companies, nonprofit organizations, and state and local governments to create PowerUP. With support from America Online, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, the Waitt Family Foundation, America's Promise, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and other youth-serving organizations, PowerUP created a network of nearly 1,000 community technology centers for underserved youth across the country.

In addition to building and supporting collaborations like PowerUP, the foundation has partnered with groups that maximize their impact through outstanding leadership, like Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. The foundation's relationship with Habitat for Humanity began in 1999 in response to the tornadoes that struck Oklahoma City, devastating hundreds of families and their homes. The Cases later expanded their support for the organization in their home states of Hawaii and Florida. The foundation's support for Special Olympics helped expand programs around the world and contributed to an increase of more than 250,000 athletes and volunteers.

In addition to its domestic efforts, the Case Foundation has a history of working with international nonprofit organizations to address global challenges. After creating successful public-private partnerships in several countries, the foundation determined that its approach provided great leverage for future international investments on a larger scale.

In Jordan, for example, the Cases were inspired by the bold vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II and his efforts to create universal access to information and communications technology for all Jordanians. The foundation partnered with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development and USAID's AMIR Program to support a network of 100 community technology centers known as Knowledge Stations. In addition to basic computer literacy, the Knowledge Stations teach community members how to utilize technology to improve their businesses, attain health care information, participate in e-government, and raise awareness on social issues.

Many of the foundation's early investments represent continuing partnerships, including Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), City Year, and America's Promise.

Resource Link: www.casefoundation.org

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