April 4, 2018
By Casey Trupin
Program Officer, Youth Homelessness

In its most recent session the Washington state legislature continued to build on its goal to end youth homelessness with new laws and funding. The legislative action was bold and strategic and sets the stage for substantial improvements to the lives of young people and their families.

First off, the state took a number of steps to prevent young people from exiting public systems, like child welfare or juvenile justice, to the streets. The legislature ordered that the juvenile justice, behavioral health and child welfare systems must ensure that all youth exiting those systems have stable housing by 2021, and allocated housing funds for youth exiting juvenile prisons. The legislature also strengthened extended foster care, allowing young people to opt in and out depending on their situation, and put an end to the state’s practice of excluding certain high needs youth.

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April 2, 2018
"Immigrants make America great"
By Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education

We’ve all been reading the heart-wrenching stories of families being torn apart by the aggressive deportation policies of the Trump Administration and the ongoing saga of what will happen to the “Dreamers”—the undocumented young people brought to the United States as children. Protected for now under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Dreamers’ futures remain uncertain under a president who treats the program like a political football. Meanwhile Congress has failed to step in with legislation to permanently protect the Dreamers.

Dreamers are cherished members of our communities, and there are more reasons than I can count for why they deserve to remain in the U.S.—the only home they’ve ever known. But as an educator, I often think about the ripple effects this toxic debate will have on our students and our teachers.

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March 24, 2018
By Erin Kahn
Executive Director, Raikes Foundation

Today, we’re inspired by the young people who have gathered in our nation’s capitol and in communities across the country to say that enough is enough—gun violence stops with this generation.

The activism we’re seeing today is reminiscent of historic student-led movements that have changed our country for the better. From the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee of the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, young people have the power to change our nation’s trajectory, and that’s never been more apparent.

The fight for gun safety is – and should be – an inclusive movement. The devastation caused by a gunshot does not discriminate along racial or socioeconomic lines. The tragedy of gun violence is one that collectively impacts us all. It is on us, as adults, to foster students’ ability to make change.

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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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