Leading with the core belief that adults across multiple sectors bear a shared responsibility for student success, Raise DC is a community-wide convener that aligns partners, data, and actions to measurably improve educational achievement for Washington, DC, children and youth, from birth through age 24. As a leader in guiding cradle-to-career change, the organization convenes public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders and uses data to guide effective practices that ensure every child has opportunities to succeed.
Raise DC's work throughout the city supports five citywide goals as DC youth transition along the cradle-to-career continuum. Raise DC envisions a District of Columbia in which:
These five goals are ambitious, yet Raise DC and its numerous "grasstops" and "grassroots" partners have a shared responsibility to staying the course for DC's young people, implementing a blend of policy, planning, and practice to achieve these goals. On the ground, this work is guided by continuous improvement, through established core, contributing, and monitoring indicators that serve as ongoing metrics. The organization’s “Change Networks” – working groups comprised of private industry, philanthropic partners, nonprofits, and government agencies – meet regularly to coordinate efforts and track progress toward these indicators. The Raise DC Leadership Council, consisting of multi-sector public champions, monitors Raise DC’s progress; influences the alignment of resources; implements strategy; and addresses financial, policy, and structural barriers. Raise DC is a partner of the StriveTogether collective impact network. The Greater Washington Community Foundation serves as Raise DC’s fiscal sponsor, supporting daily operations with human capital and infrastructure.
Leading with the core belief that adults across multiple sectors bear a shared responsibility for student success, Raise DC is a community-wide convener that aligns partners, data, and actions to…