We believe that investing in systems-level change is the key to transforming society for the better, and that a meaningful structural shift requires building power in communities.
The success of our communities, democracy, and economy depends on an education system that works for everyone. We work to build a K-12 and post-secondary education system in which race, class, gender identity, and language do not predict student experience or achievement.
We focus on prevention as the most efficient, direct, and immediate way to reduce—and ultimately end—youth homelessness. We work with schools and policymakers to create solutions that center over-represented youth homeless populations: youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth.
We want to help the field of philanthropy better focus on advancing equity, be more intentional in its giving, and change U.S. systems to work for all. To that end, we created the Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative to support funders in using their resources to build a better world.
A well-functioning and trusted democracy is the bedrock to all other pillars of society. The Resourcing Equity and Democracy portfolio at the Raikes Foundation strives to build a strong representative democracy that allows all individuals, regardless of background, to shape an equitable and just future.
The Raikes Foundation supports diverse organizations working to create a better world for young people. We make grants in four core areas: education, housing stability for youth, racial equity and democracy, and impact-driven philanthropy.