June 17, 2019
By Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education

Anyone paying close attention to the field of education and philanthropy’s role in it has noticed a shift in focus over the past several years – a shift I think signals real opportunity for young people.

The latest report from Grantmakers for Education, Trends in Education Philanthropy, sheds light on where these shifts have been concentrated over the past decade, which to my mind reflects that the field of philanthropy is learning from mistakes and doing a better job of listening to communities.

Two of shifts I’m most excited about are:

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June 12, 2019

 

Tricia and Jeff Raikes announced today that after a nationwide search, they have selected Neighborhood Funders Group President Dennis Quirin to be the new executive director of the Raikes Foundation, starting in September.

“As we deepen our knowledge in and commitment to advancing equity in our work, we knew we needed a visionary leader who was going to push us to be better, and we have that in Dennis,” said co-founder Tricia Raikes.

The Raikes Foundation, established in 2002, works to advance an equitable and just society so that young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on advancing equity in the education system and preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness. The Foundation also works to help donors give with more impact, including launching Giving Compass, a tool designed to curate the highest-quality content for donors.

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May 30, 2019
By Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education

We all need a great education, but only some of us get it. As Americans, we love to talk about education as the surest way to advance opportunity – particularly if you weren’t born into wealth. However, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate the disparate outcomes the United States education system perpetuates.

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May 9, 2019
By Casey Trupin
Director, Youth Homelessness

Governor Inslee and the Washington state legislature have taken an important step toward a more just and humane juvenile justice system for our state’s youth and families. 

In the wee hours of the last night of legislative session, lawmakers narrowly passed a plan to phase out the practice of incarcerating youth who commit “status offenses,” such as running away or skipping school. Our state owes this victory to the tenacious campaigning and deep expertise of youth advocates from organizations like the Mockingbird Society and YouthCare, along with other dedicated Raikes Foundation grantees like A Way Home Washington, TeamChild, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children and Columbia Legal Services, as well as legislators like Sen. Jeannie Darneille and Rep. Noel Frame.

For decades, our state has chosen to lock up youth who engage in what is often a response to trauma in their lives. In those same decades, overwhelming amounts of research on trauma, brain development and punishment have made clear that incarcerating youth for these “status offenses” only deepens their trauma and makes their path to stability steeper and more fraught.

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