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Luz Vega-Marquis
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Luz Vega-Marquis is president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s $600 million endowment and $30 million grantmaking budget. Ms. Vega-Marquis has positioned the foundation as a leader in movement building by shaping its grantmaking strategies to support a nationwide movement of low-income families.

In 2008, the foundation in partnership with its grantees launched Equal Voice for America’s Families, a yearlong campaign that brought together more than 30,000 families and approximately 250 community organizations to lay the foundation for a multi-issue national family platform that addressed the needs of families across the country. Equal Voice is now a series of networks across the country working to effect policy change that will ensure the economic well-being of families.

Ms. Vega-Marquis is the founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy, currently serves on the board of directors of Independent Sector and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and has served on numerous boards including those of The California Wellness Foundation, Council on Foundations, Katalysis Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers and the Women’s Foundation of California.

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When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Every great social movement has been led by those most affected. The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception.

This is no top-down "War on Poverty" that can be abandoned at the whim of...

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Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter Word

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 11:28 AM

What does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined?

Let's start with the dictionary. According to the professional word-wranglers at Merriam-Webster, poverty is "The state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions."

Even...

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A Living Wage is an Equal Voice

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Take a look at your bills, starting with essentials: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family just to get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do...

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From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:08 AM

Every responsible funder must consider the question of what it means to be a good steward of the assets with which we have been entrusted -- to ensure that our capital grows so that we can continue to offer support to our grantees.

Equally important is the underlying question of...

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Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy's Power to Convene

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:14 AM

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together.

The ritual of gathering people together is central in...

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Who Leads?

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:08 PM

August 28, 2013, marked the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for civil rights in the history of our nation. Little more than a year later, Martin Luther King, Jr., won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in nonviolent...

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