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
National Center for Family Philanthropy 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Candid IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Donors of Color Network Inc. General Operating Support 07/30/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
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
Grand Valley State University Donor Journeys Initiative Sponsorship 04/05/19 $10,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Donors of Color Action Inc. General Operating and Capacity Building Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem (N40 FUNDED)
Behavioral Ideas Lab, Inc. Impact-Giving Self-Assessment Tool 11/15/17 $65,000.00 IDPI 3: Innovation
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest Core Operations, Social Justice Fund NW and Emergency Response Fund 12/07/18 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Catalist Women General Operating Support 08/05/19 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
GlobalGiving General Operating Support 08/15/17 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mitchell Kapor Foundation The Race Card Project General Operating Support 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Leadership (N40 Funded)
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
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
Campion Foundation Regional Homelessness Action Plan Communications 09/23/19 $80,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
New Venture Fund Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund (PIT-UN) 11/01/19 $590,000.00 SIE 1: Public Interest Technology
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Fund 02/04/20 $60,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Fair Count Inc. Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $80,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $60,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Florida Philanthropic Network Inc. Florida Counts Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. Texas Counts Pooled Fund Census 2020 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
One Arizona Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
GreatNonprofits Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $50,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 SIE 3: Impact Investment
Community Center For Education Results "Back on Track" Program Improvement Project for Opportunity Youth 11/06/17 $323,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results Improvement Design Intensive Participation 05/04/18 $7,500.00 Special Initiatives
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
King County Department of Community and Human Services Employment and Education Resources "Latinx Youth Reengagement Project" 11/26/18 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives 1 - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives 1 - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund