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
Mockingbird Society Annual Luncheon Sponsorship (2023) 09/28/23 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/22 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University of Southern California General Operating Support 03/22/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Annual Luncheon Sponsorship (2023) 10/29/23 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 09/28/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy General Operating Support 03/22/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2024) 02/06/24 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc NAAM's Annual Unity Event (2022) 09/29/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 04/04/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2024) 02/07/24 $20,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2023) 10/21/23 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, Inc. General Operating Support 11/12/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 11/03/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2024) 02/16/24 $8,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 10/21/23 $45,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica Movement Family Reunion (2022) 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2024) 06/21/24 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/23 $15,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Belonging Gathering with Civic Commons (2022) 04/28/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2024) 06/26/24 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2023) 10/21/23 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Public Advocates Inc. General Operating Support 01/06/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 07/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Alliance For Education 2024 Annual Gala Sponsorship 04/10/24 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2023) 11/08/23 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Prospect Schools Inc. Brooklyn Prospect High School General Operating Support 10/18/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 12/20/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 07/19/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy 2024 Conference Sponsorship 04/26/24 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Children’s Advocacy Inc. General Operating Support 10/06/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Inland Congregations United for Change Sponsoring Committee Inc General Operating Support 12/21/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Democracy Forward Foundation General Operating Support 06/26/24 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Californians for Justice Education Fund Inc. General Operating Support 01/04/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
TeamMates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/03/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2023) 11/30/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Race Forward General Operating Support 04/05/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 10/13/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Trustee of Tufts College CIRCLE General Operating Support 12/12/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
PICO California General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 08/27/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group NFG National Convening (2023) 02/06/23 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Liberty Hill Foundation General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation Community Annual Forum - Healing-Centered Practices & Childhood Trauma Sponsorship (2023) 02/15/23 $5,000.00 Community Giving