The Related Affordable Foundation (RAF) is a charitable, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization committed to enriching the lives of affordable housing residents and breaking the generational cycle of poverty.
We award scholarships and partner with local nonprofits to host back-to-school drives, as well as after-school and summer programs.
We address food insecurity by supporting hunger relief programs and meal initiatives.
Health & Wellness
We promote a balanced lifestyle in the communities we serve by sponsoring health and wellness programs.
We support training for job-relevant skills and providing a pathway toward economic success.
The Related Affordable Foundation partnered with After School Matters for Chicago-based teens to
create one-of-a-kind art murals that represent optimism and incorporate abstract shapes in vibrant colors.
Related Affordable Foundation Scholarship supports affordable housing residents who aspire to attend accredited trade/professional institutions, colleges and universities. The goal of Related Affordable Foundation Scholarship Program is to eliminate economic barriers for young adults in their pursuit of post-secondary education.
The Chicago-based organization offers after-school and summer programs focused on arts, communications, leadership, sports and STEM. Their Peacemakers program empowers teens to counter violence through positive contributions in their community.
The New York City-based organization helps build a path toward a food-secure future by rescuing millions of pounds of food, distributing to pantries and soup kitchens and assisting food-insecure individuals and families.
The Chicago-based organization offers advancement pathways through targeted apprenticeships, localized mentorship, direct investment, and specialized services to strengthen economic opportunities, engage youth, and develop sustainable careers.
The national organization is committed to ending playspace inequity by building kid-designed playspaces that can spark joy and foster a sense of belonging for kids who are often denied opportunities to thrive.
The San Francisco-based organization strives to bridge the tech divide by making computer science more accessible through free coding classes and professional opportunity pathways to middle and high school students.
The local organization’s Path to Health Program (YPHP) addresses the need for comprehensive strategies to improve the wellbeing of affordable housing residents experiencing overwhelming health inequities and health disparities.
Related Affordable Foundation is committed to breaking the generational cycle of poverty by partnering with nonprofit organizations to provide essential services in the areas of education, food security, health and wellness, and workforce development for affordable housing communities.
Chicago’s After School Matters Peacemakers Program Nurtures Young Community Leaders
The Related Affordable Foundation is proud to support Peacemakers at Parkway Gardens, an After School Matters program that empowers Chicago teenagers to counter violence through positive contributions to their communities.
YCD is a nonprofit based in San Francisco. RAF provided funding for their COVID meal distribution program. This video speaks to the great work the entire team has been actively involved in since we went into shelter in place on March 12, 2020.
The Related Affordable Foundation is proud to support Y-RISE experiential-based program that educates and empowers youth and adult participants to become leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusion.
Blessings in a Backpack Partners with Related Affordable Foundation to Feed Kids at Risk of Going Hungry on the Weekend
Starting in 2020, Blessings in a Backpack and Related Affordable Foundation began distributing backpacks full of food for elementary school children in the Blessings in a Backpack program across key areas with food insecurity across the country.
Art on Sedgwick's Finding Gratitude portrait project was designed for Marshall Field Gardens residents to commemorate special moments and missed celebrations due to COVID-19.
Participants received a photography session with artist Mary Rafferty and were interviewed about their experience during the pandemic.