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 Program
Solidaire Network Movement Protection Fund 07/02/24 $50,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
Minnesota Research Justice Center General Operating Support 07/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2024) 06/26/24 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Democracy Forward Foundation General Operating Support 06/26/24 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund 06/24/24 $100,000.00 RED 4 - Collaborative Funding
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2024) 06/21/24 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Third Sector New England Inc. Executive Director Search Capacity Support 06/20/24 $17,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 06/14/24 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Whatcom Humane Society General Operating Support 06/13/24 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Connection2Culture General Operating Support 06/13/24 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Foothills Food Bank Winter Kids Pantry Program Support 06/13/24 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation General Operating Support 06/13/24 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Ryther Neurodiverse NW 2024: ‘Stronger Together’ Event 06/12/24 $500.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 06/05/24 $750,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Navigate General Operating Support 06/05/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Proteus Fund Inc. Piper Fund Donor Collaborative 06/05/24 $100,000.00 RED 4 - Collaborative Funding
Tides Foundation Movement Voter Fund General Operating Support 05/30/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Fund for the Education Success of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice​ 05/23/24 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2024) 05/16/24 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Minnesota Black Collective Foundation General Operating Support 05/15/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
ISAIAH General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
OutFront Minnesota Community Services General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Local Progress Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 05/14/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia-United Renters for Justice General Operating Support 05/13/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Third Sector New England Inc. Communications Capacity Support 05/09/24 $6,500.00 Youth Homelessness
BARR Center General Operating Support 05/09/24 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kona Super Sonics General Operating Support 05/06/24 $500.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator Higher Education Project and Partnership Operational Capacity Support 05/02/24 $900,000.00 Education
Land Stewardship Project General Operating Support 05/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha General Operating Support 05/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Gender Justice General Operating Support 05/01/24 $2,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Rise and Remember General Operating Support 04/30/24 $25,000.00 RED 3 - Research & Learning
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy 2024 Conference Sponsorship 04/26/24 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 04/19/24 $400.00 Youth Homelessness
The National Center on Education and the Economy General Operating Support 04/16/24 $200,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Grantmakers For Education 2024 Conference Sponsorship 04/10/24 $7,500.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Point Source Youth Inc. Washington State Direct Cash Transfer Pilot 04/10/24 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance For Education 2024 Annual Gala Sponsorship 04/10/24 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary General Operating Support 04/10/24 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Skokomish Tribe Skokomish Wellness Center General Operations 04/09/24 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept Project 04/08/24 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Foundation Movement Voter Fund General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Public Rights Project General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Mijente Support Committee General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
The Good Nation Foundation Inc Building for Democracy Education Fund 04/04/24 $100,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
SD Foundation dba Voting Rights Lab General Operating Support 04/04/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Hopewell Fund Galvanize USA General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
People's Action Institute People's Action Education Fund General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Equality Federation Institute General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy