For Immediate Release | April 5, 2011


Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DCThe National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) announced awards to ten grassroots organizations in a continuation of its initiative to support greater understanding of Social Security outside of Washington. The grantees will develop targeted informational materials and conduct outreach efforts to their constituencies, which encompass vulnerable groups including people with disabilities, communities of color, women, low-wage workers, young adults, and children.

“The nation’s leaders are engaged in a heated debate over the future of Social Security, but Americans most dependent on it are often missing from the discussion,” said Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security at NASI. “These educational efforts will provide vulnerable groups across the country with the information and tools to add their voices to the public dialogue on the future of Social Security.

NASI issued the awards as the third round of its “Improving Lives of Vulnerable Americans through Social Security” project, funded by the Ford Foundation. The previous awards were made in March and October of last year. A list of all organizations and projects funded is available here. An independent committee named by Janice Gregory, President of NASI, set criteria, reviewed applications, and selected awardees.

The awardees are listed below.

California Alliance for Retired Americans Education Fund
Social Security & Persons with Disabilities: Campaign for California

Center for Economic and Policy Research
Congressional Social Security Accuracy Campaign

Center for Rural Strategies
Social Security in Rural America: Bringing Rural Constituents and Messages into Public Policy Discourse

Generations United
The Stake of Children, Youth and Grandfamilies in Social Security

Health and Disability Advocates
Social Security = Family Security

International Association for Indigenous Aging
Leverage Model for Indian Elder Advocacy: Giving Elders a Voice on the National Stage

Latinos for a Secure Retirement
Engaging Latinos in the National Discussion on Social Security

National Council of La Raza
Engaging Hispanics in the Social Security Reform Debate and Sharing Their Views with Policymakers

National Women’s Law Center
Strengthening Social Security for Women

Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
A T2040 Forum on Social Security—deepening engagement and expanding the national conversation

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The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

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