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
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives 1 - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
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)
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)
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives 3 - Black Leadership & Power Fund (BLPF)
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1) 07/01/20 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives 4 - General (Misc)
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 YH 1: Local
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 YH 1: Local
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 06/05/20 $16,000.00 YH 1: Local
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 09/24/19 $51,000.00 YH 1: Local
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 YH 2: State
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Covid-19 Focus Group Youth Stipends 05/01/20 $250.00 YH 2: State
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/01/20 $125.00 YH 2: State
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 2: State
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 2: State
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 YH 2: State
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 2: State
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 YH 2: State
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 05/21/20 $10,000.00 YH 3: National
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 YH 3: National
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 06/05/20 $8,000.00 YH 3: National
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 YH 3: National
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 YH 3: National
Volunteers of America - Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Systems Mapping Workshop 10/27/17 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/07/18 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children and Youth Justice Center Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $30,620.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Accelerator YMCA “Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee” 12/11/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2019) 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’s “Youth Housing Stability (YHS) Model for Juvenile Court 12/13/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home - Nat'l Student Homelessness Campaign and Building Equity Capacity for Leadership and Staff 12/05/18 $325,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Prosecuting Attorney King County Juvenile Court Strategic Planning Retreat 11/03/17 $5,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 09/25/18 $700,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children and Youth Justice Center State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Built for Zero Conference - Washington State Office of Homeless Youth Staff Participation 06/22/18 $2,300.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 2) 09/28/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/05/18 $220,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/20/19 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness