October 19, 2017

A few weeks ago, I designed and moderated a panel at the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference titled, “Philanthropy, Community & the Free Press: How and Why We Support Local Journalism.” Investing in journalism is an important part of the Raikes Foundation’s toolkit, and my goal was to bring light to how philanthropy can fund journalism to both expose and address social problems, as well as elevate underrepresented voices.

Our goal at the Raikes Foundation is the break down the barriers that hold young people back from success, and build up the environments where they learn and grow. But understanding how systems impact young people, such as the education system, child welfare, juvenile justice, as well as how young people experience them, can be difficult for even the most well-versed experts to absorb. 

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