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
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 DEI
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 DEI
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 DEI
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI
NW Children's Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 01/24/20 $2,500.00 DEI
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018-2019 Post-Secondary Field Development 01/19/18 $193,750.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2018 Annual Membership and Support 03/16/18 $2,500.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation 2020 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Fund 07/17/20 $800,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio (2019) 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018 - 2019 K-12 Education Research, Practice and Policy Implementation Field Support 06/28/18 $180,000.00 Education
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2018 Summit on Improvement in Education 11/10/17 $15,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education General Operating Support 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 12/01/17 $650.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. 2018 Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Pooled Fund 12/15/17 $1,050,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) 10/24/19 $639,438.00 Education