We’re thrilled to announce the two newest members of the Raikes Foundation team. Both bring a wealth of experience that will help as our foundation thoughtfully expands its work and—we hope—our impact.
Woody Allen famously said “80 percent of success is showing up.” At the Raikes Foundation, Jeff and Tricia have defined showing up as thinking big, rolling up your sleeves, and creating positive change for young people. The size of the initial action is not as important as the long-term effect it creates. Jeff and Tricia have proven that showing up can positively impact thousands of lives.
On November 20, Jeff and Tricia Raikes will be honored for their commitment to showing up as this year’s recipients of the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s A.K. Guy Award. The award is presented annually to an individual, couple or family in recognition of outstanding volunteer service and dedication to social responsibility. In its thirty-second year, the award honors the legacy of the late Albert K. Guy, a Seattle native who was a dedicated volunteer and civic leader.
As the new school year gets underway I want to share a few updates about our national education strategy, which is focused on improving student outcomes through the development of learning mindsets and skills.
The Raikes Foundation expects to double its giving in the years ahead as we set our sights on increasingly ambitious goals to empower young people to transform their lives. But dollars alone don’t create the kind of impact that we strive for. For that, we need smart, passionate and talented people. In less than three years, the foundation has more than doubled its team from four to nine, and that trend is continuing in 2015. Indeed, we recently welcomed two new program officers to the foundation and we expect to add three more team members later this year.