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 Strategy
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives 3 - Black Leadership & Power Fund (BLPF)
Social Venture Partners International Re-imagine Initiative 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Donors of Color Network Inc. General Operating Support 07/30/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives 3 - Black Leadership & Power Fund (BLPF)
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives 1 - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
The Seattle Foundation 2020 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Fund 07/17/20 $800,000.00 Education
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives 1 - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives 1 - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
New Venture Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives 3 - Black Leadership & Power Fund (BLPF)
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 DEI
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 DEI
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 Community Giving
Mitchell Kapor Foundation The Race Card Project General Operating Support 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Leadership (N40 Funded)
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1) 07/01/20 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives 4 - General (Misc)
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/30/20 $500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 06/29/20 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 06/29/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Housing Development Consortium General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Food Fund 06/19/20 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative Pooled Fund 06/09/20 $780,000.00 Education
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 06/05/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 06/05/20 $16,000.00 YH 1: Local
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 06/05/20 $8,000.00 YH 3: National
Farestart General Operating Support 06/05/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Donors of Color Action Inc. General Operating and Capacity Building Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem (N40 FUNDED)
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 YH 1: Local
Philanthropy Northwest General Operating Support 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 3: National
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 YH 2: State
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 YH 1: Local
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 2: State
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 05/21/20 $10,000.00 YH 3: National
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 2: State
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 2: State
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 SIE 3: Impact Investment