Why Care About Care? Our Economy Depends on it

Millions of Americans rely on caregivers to look after their children and aging parents. The demand for care is rising and often out of reach, forcing individuals to look within and provide the necessary care themselves to their loved ones. When you combine the 53 million unpaid caregivers with the nearly 5.7 million people working in the care sector — primarily women of color earning low wages and devoid of benefits and protections — and the people who benefit from that care, this issue impacts everyone.

The care economy — historically undervalued and underfunded– is an intersectional and intergenerational issue encompassing childcare, early childhood education, home-based care for older adults and people with disabilities as well as the caregivers who provide the associated services. COVID-19 put a spotlight on the critical need to build an infrastructure with policies in place that will appropriately address care on multiple fronts for care workers who provide the services we all need.

Join AFN and EOF as we release a new report designed to deepen funder’s understanding of the intersectional/intergenerational issues related to the care economy and lift up key public policies while providing innovative strategies and opportunities for greater funder collaboration to build an equitable care infrastructure.


Anna Wadia, Ford Foundation
Dena Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation
Julie Kashen, Brief Author
Tiffany Younger, Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap

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