WASHINGTON, DC – The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) announced awards to fourteen grassroots organizations in the second part of its initiative to support greater understanding of Social Security outside the beltway. 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.
“Social Security is being hotly discussed inside the beltway, but the groups most dependent on it are often missing from the debates,” said Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security at NASI. “These educational efforts will prepare vulnerable groups across the country to better make their voices heard in the public debate on Social Security reform.”
NASI issued the awards as the second round of its “Improving Lives of Vulnerable Americans through Social Security” project, funded by the Ford Foundation. The first awards were made in March of this year. An independent committee named by Janice Gregory, President of NASI, set criteria, reviewed applications, and selected awardees.
The awardees are listed below.
Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund American Stories: The Voices and People of Social Security
The Arc of North Carolina We Are Part of America’s Promise: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Raise Their Voice in Support of a Strong Social Security
Athens Community Council on Aging Voices from the South: How Social Security Affects Rural Populations
Center for Economic and Policy Research; Direct Care Alliance Retirement Security for Direct Care Workers
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security and People with Disabilities: Public Education and Outreach Campaign
Economic Opportunity Institute A Comprehensive and Replicable State-based Strategy to Promote and Strengthen Social Security
Empowered Queens United in Action and Leadership (EQUAL) Organizing to Secure and Improve Social Security: Improving the Program on the Ground in Queens, New York, and Preparing to Defend it Nationally
Generations United The Stake of Children, Youth, and Grandfamilies in Social Security
Global Policy Solutions; Insight Center for Community and Economic Development Mobilizing Experts of Color to Educate Communities of Color
Institute for Women’s Policy Research Educating and Mobilizing the Women’s Community to Safeguard Social Security
National Women’s Law Center
Strengthening Social Security for Women
Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Think 2040: Strengthening Social Security State by State
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC); National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA); Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) Social Security Community Education & Local Engagement for Vulnerable Constituencies
USAction Education Fund Improving Lives of Vulnerable Americans through Social Security
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.