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Chronicle of Philanthropy: Our nation’s care infrastructure is failing families. It’s time for philanthropy to make it a priority.

By Carla Thompson Payton, vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

This past year we saw in stark terms how our infrastructure of care fails most Americans. Nearly 3 million women left the labor force in the past 16 months, many due to a lack of care options. One year of living with Covid-19 undid 30 years of progress for women’s labor-force participation, jeopardizing family economic security and increasing the racial wealth gap. For too long, we have left families to shoulder the burden of caregiving and working without common-sense protections.

This reality recently led my organization, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to join seven other grant makers in supporting the Care for All With Respect and Equity Fund, or CARE Fund — a five-year, $50 million investment to build a comprehensive and equitable care infrastructure.

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Washington Post: Too many essential care workers can’t afford the very services they provide

By Sarita Gupta, director of the Ford Foundation’s Future of Work(ers) program

The United States faces a crisis of care. Throughout the pandemic, millions of families have had to choose between child care, health and financial security. The impact of those decisions has already been profound.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area companies are hiring, but are there enough workers to fill the jobs?

By Chase DiFeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle reporter

Lily Marquez was working in administration at Samuel Merritt University six years ago when she had her first child. She continued to work part-time at the Oakland school until a daughter came along unexpectedly 11 months later, forcing Marquez, her husband and their children to move into her in-laws’ apartment in San Francisco to save money.

Marquez is one of thousands of women who want to go back to work as job openings increase as a result of widespread coronavirus vaccinations. But she, like many others, can’t because of obligations like childcare.

“I look forward to the day I’m back in the workforce and I’m helping contribute to my family,” Marquez said, regarding their finances.

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Inside Philanthropy: With a $50 Million Launch, a Pooled Fund Looks to Build Caregiving Infrastructure

By Martha Ramirez

A group of eight philanthropies have joined together to launch a $50 million, five-year collaborative called the Care for all with Respect and Equity (CARE) Fund. The CARE Fund, which is housed at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, seeks to invest in the necessary change needed to build a comprehensive and equitable care infrastructure in the U.S.

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Funders Come Together to Launch $50 Million CARE Fund

Eight leading philanthropic organizations announced the formation of the Care for All with Respect and Equity (CARE) Fund, a $50 million, multi-year investment in bold, transformational change to build comprehensive care infrastructure that works for everyone. In this once-in-a-generation moment, the CARE Fund is bringing a powerhouse set of grantmakers together across issue areas. 

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Resources


Selected Resources

Why Care About Care? Our Economy Depends on It.

This primer was developed by AFN and EOF to elevate the intersectional and intergenerational issues associated with the care economy and the challenges facing low-income women of color who make up the care workforce. This primer is designed to provide funders with responsive strategies and policy solutions which center low-income women of color and ultimately build a healthy and resilient economy for us all.

Building Our Care Infrastructure for Equity, Economic Recovery and Beyond

This report, authored by Caring Across Generations Director of Policy and Federal Affairs Josephine Kalipeni and National Domestic Workers Alliance Senior Policy Advisor Julie Kashen, reveals the economic instability for caregivers due to lack of a care infrastructure and offers solutions to ensure a racially just and equitable economic recovery.

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Download: Building Our Care Infrastructure

For the Media

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Members of the media interested in the CARE Fund’s work should reach out to hello@carefund.org.