our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Impact-Driven Philanthropy. 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 Program
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Fund for the Education Success of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice​ 05/23/24 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Minnesota Black Collective Foundation General Operating Support 05/15/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
OutFront Minnesota Community Services General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Local Progress Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
ISAIAH General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia-United Renters for Justice General Operating Support 05/13/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
BARR Center General Operating Support 05/09/24 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator Higher Education Project and Partnership Operational Capacity Support 05/02/24 $900,000.00 Education
Land Stewardship Project General Operating Support 05/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha General Operating Support 05/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Gender Justice General Operating Support 05/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy 2024 Conference Sponsorship 04/26/24 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 04/19/24 $400.00 Youth Homelessness
The National Center on Education and the Economy General Operating Support 04/16/24 $200,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Alliance For Education 2024 Annual Gala Sponsorship 04/10/24 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary General Operating Support 04/10/24 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Point Source Youth Inc. Washington State Direct Cash Transfer Pilot 04/10/24 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education 2024 Conference Sponsorship 04/10/24 $7,500.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Skokomish Tribe Skokomish Wellness Center General Operations 04/09/24 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept Project 04/08/24 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Foundation General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
The Good Nation Foundation Inc Building for Democracy Education Fund 04/04/24 $100,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
Public Rights Project General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Mijente Support Committee General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
SD Foundation dba Voting Rights Lab General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
People's Action Institute People's Action Education Fund General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Equality Federation Institute General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Alliance for A Just Society Native Organizers Alliance General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
State Voices General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Fellowship 04/02/24 $83,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Hopewell Fund Galvanize USA General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Alliance for Youth Organizing General Operating Support 04/01/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
New Venture Fund AAPI Civic Engagement Fund General Operating Support 04/01/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 03/27/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
We Are Down Home Down Home NC General Operating Support 03/25/24 $25,000.00 RED 2 - State-Based Organizing
Take Action Minnesota Education Fund General Operating Support 03/25/24 $25,000.00 RED 2 - State-Based Organizing
Faith in Florida General Operating Support 03/25/24 $25,000.00 RED 2 - State-Based Organizing
482 Forward General Operating Support 03/25/24 $25,000.00 RED 2 - State-Based Organizing
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 03/15/24 $2,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Grantmakers For Education 2024 Annual Membership 03/13/24 $6,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Youth Homelessness Staffing 03/07/24 $204,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Valencia College Foundation General Operating Support 02/28/24 $10,000.00 Education
American Council on Education General Operating Support 02/26/24 $7,750.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Future Fund (2024) 02/20/24 $700,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
YouthCare General Operating Support 02/20/24 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2024 Core) 02/20/24 $800,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2024) 02/16/24 $20,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2024) 02/16/24 $8,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Seek Common Ground’s Student Action Network for Equity General Operating Support 02/14/24 $100,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building