our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. We also make a limited number of community grants and grants for special projects. Proposals are by invitation only. We make the majority of our grants to organizations we have identified. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. 

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code. Public organizations designated under section 170(c) of the Code are also eligible. The Raikes Foundation does not make grants to individuals or to organizations outside the United States. 

The Raikes Foundation does not fund: individuals; organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin or citizenship, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief; or religious purposes unless grant activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Even if our grants and strategies don’t fully succeed, we only fail if we don’t learn.

– Jeff Raikes

List of Grants

Organization Requests Award Date Amount Strategy
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/06 $760.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 04/05/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grand Valley State University Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy “Donor Journeys Initiative” 04/05/19 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Legal Corps Planning Grant 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Capacity Building and Expansion Support to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Washington State 03/01/19 $125,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 02/19/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting 02/08/19 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
Chief Seattle Club General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Midlands Mentoring Partnership General Operating Support (Event) 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/25/19 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 01/25/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $675,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. Launch of a State Leadership Table on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/20/18 $20,515.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $1,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
Kenmore Elementary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building 12/18/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Alliance For Education Alliance for Education/African American Male Achievement Program Seattle Public School Partnership 12/18/18 $14,500.00 Community Giving
Synergos Institute Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
GuideStar USA Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $1,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
University of Washington Presidential Scholarship Program 12/18/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving