Giving Compass
June 13, 2017
Introducing Impact Driven Philanthropy and the Giving Compass
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America has a long-standing tradition of generosity. As a nation, we contribute nearly $400 billion each year to issues and causes. Though we often think of large foundations when we think about philanthropy, more than 70 percent of giving in this country is directed by individuals writing checks or giving online. Read More

July 29, 2016
Welcoming Our Newest Team Members

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.  Dina Blum, Education Strategy Program OfficerRead More

April 4, 2016
Why the Raikes Foundation Is Not a Perpetual Philanthropy

People often ask me what we focus on at the Raikes Foundation (empowering young people to transform their lives) and how we do it (investing in capable people addressing under-resourced challenges where our dollars can have an outsized impact on the systems that serve youth.) Read More

February 22, 2016
Bold Action to Improve the Lives of Young People in Washington State

Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee took an historic step to improve the lives of young people in our state. The governor issued an executive order to begin the process of creating a Department of Children and Families in our state. Such a change would ensure that Governor Inslee, and future Washington governors, hear frequently and directly about issues affecting our most vulnerable children and families.Read More

November 9, 2015
Honoring Community Service and A.K. Guy's Legacy

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.Read More

October 19, 2015
Redefining a “Community-wide” Responses to Youth Homelessness

If you’ve spent any amount of time with me or my Raikes Foundation colleagues, you’ve likely heard us emphasize that youth homelessness is a community-wide issue that demands a community-wide response. It’s an important refrain that reflects our emphasis on collaborative, systems-level solutions. As simple as that saying is, though, I’m regularly intrigued by how much our understanding of it continues to evolve.Read More

October 15, 2015
How Can Philanthropy Promote Innovation in Education?

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Jeff Raikes was asked to join other leaders in the education field and offer perspective as one of the foundation executives who initially helped launch the effort. The following was contributed to Medium, which is working with the DoE to curate an online discussion to reflect on five years of i3 grants.Read More

January 26, 2015
Welcome to the new RaikesFoundation.org

A little more than a year ago we held an open house to celebrate our move into the Raikes Foundation’s new home on the north shore of Seattle’s Lake Union. Since then we have been thrilled to see our offices evolve into a vibrant gathering place where we brainstorm with our grantees and partners, swap ideas about what’s working across our strategies and engage new audiences to support and accelerate the impact of our philanthropy.Read More

November 13, 2014
Why the Raikes Foundation is excited to be part of the Foundations for Youth Success effort to End Youth Homelessness