March 21, 2018
By Stephanie Fuerstner Gillis
Senior Advisor, Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative

In 2017, the Raikes Foundation launched an initiative focused on increasing the impact of giving by individual donors, who are by far the largest segment of giving in this country—more than 70 percent of giving is directed by individual donors.

We posit that the philanthropy sector has developed infrastructure to support institutional philanthropy (large foundations with professional staff), but we have not paid enough attention to supporting individual donors—who are largest segment of giving—to be effective.

We began our work by engaging a set of partners to launch Giving Compass, a website that aggregates and organizes the rich information that does exist for this audience, and to begin to orient donors to the ways they can learn, connect and take action. We also learned from our market research that donors are hungry for information on where to give with impact.

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March 5, 2018
By Juliet Taylor
Program Officer, Raikes Foundation

Learning doesn’t end when the school bell rings—so why should our investment in Washington’s students stop at the end of the school day?

New research from Washington state reiterates the benefits of high-quality expanded learning opportunities – including afterschool and summer learning programs – on students’ development and academic achievement.

Exactly how impactful are high-quality afterschool programs on kids’ success?

Last year, we partnered with the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and researchers from the American Institutes for Research to answer that question. Here’s what we found based on a survey of 11 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs serving students in grades 4 through 9 across the state:

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February 23, 2018

The students of Stoneman Douglas High School’s leadership in the aftermath of the horrific shooting at their school is a powerful reminder that young people can change the world. From Black Lives Matter focusing the nation on police violence, to #MeToo forcing a long overdue conversation about sexual assault and harassment, to the extraordinary students of Stoneman Douglas High School demanding action on gun violence, young people are driving and leading change from all corners of the nation.

We stand with all of you and are in awe of your moral clarity and courage. Today, we’ll personally contribute $25,000 to March For Our Lives. Let's keep this movement going.

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February 12, 2018
Racial Equity in Homelessness Summit
By Katie Hong
Director, Youth Homelessness

In every city and state across the country we are seeing the same alarming and disturbing trend: People of color are dramatically overrepresented in the population of people experiencing homelessness. Here in Seattle, African Americans make up just 6 percent of the overall population, but make up 29 percent of people experiencing homelessness.

In response to this stubborn trend, last week we co-hosted a first-of-its-kind national summit on Racial Equity and Homelessness in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together, we supported the Center for Social Innovation to bring together state and national leaders and funders from communities throughout the U.S. to discuss how to address these unconscionable trends in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

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