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
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/21/16 $6,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program 06/21/16 $2,000,000.00 Community Giving
Oakland Public Education Fund General Operating Support (Office of African American Male Achievement) 06/23/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners International Comprehensive Philanthropy Development Initiative 06/29/16 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences Quality to Outcomes Study 07/01/16 $65,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Community Foundation Of Greater Johnstown Sevenzo’s “Belonging Challenge” 07/15/16 $396,450.00 Education
Tripod Education Partners, Inc. Supports for Using the Tripod 7Cs to Cultivate Learning Mindsets and Skills 07/15/16 $195,194.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Legal Services Partnership for Youth 07/15/16 $80,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 07/29/16 $1,250.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2016 Annual Conference Sponsorship 07/29/16 $10,000.00 Education
National School Climate Center General Operating Support 07/29/16 $465.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1 - 2) 08/08/16 $680,000.00 Education
University of Oregon Foundation General Operating Support - Department of Psychology 08/10/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Instruction General Operating Support 08/10/16 $555.36 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Chiefs for Change General Operating Support 08/13/16 $35,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Develop Framework to Incorporate Meaningful SEL Supports and Assessments in Schools and New Accountability Systems 08/17/16 $159,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Eduguide Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. General Operating Support 08/19/16 $1,675.00 Education
CORE Districts General Operating Support 08/19/16 $210.00 Education
Character Lab, Inc. General Operating Support 08/19/16 $600.00 Education
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support - D5 Coalition 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State University General Operating Support - Child and Family Research Unit 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational & Environmental Design Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/22/16 $225,000.00 Education
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2017 Summit on Improvement in Education 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Education
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center General Operating Support (Event) 09/06/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Georgetown University Learning from CORE: How Schools Respond to the Systematic Collection of Data on Non-cognitive Contributors 09/07/16 $50,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/16 $1,000.00 Education
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2018) 09/12/16 $750,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/12/16 $1,750.00 Community Giving
United Way Of Spokane County Spokane County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/13/16 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Southwest Youth & Family Services Equity in Education Coalition’s Expanded Learning Opportunity Local Coalition Participation and Quality Seal Review 09/13/16 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Food for Health Center 09/14/16 $3,000,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington King County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/16 $12,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network - Communications and Convenings (Year 1) (GIFT) 09/20/16 $200,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Membership 09/22/16 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness