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
NW Children's Foundation 2024 Community Annual Forum Sponsorship - Child Well-Being & the New Science of Trauma 01/17/24 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America: National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 11/03/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
API Chaya General Operating Support 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Isaac Sanders 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes We Are In: Partnership for Zero 04/26/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 11/03/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tubman Center for Health & Freedom General Operating Support 11/15/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Azia Ruff 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 11/27/23 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 10/31/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 11/22/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (2022) 10/20/22 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/09/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tubman Center for Health & Freedom Allies for Healthier Systems for Health & Abundance in Youth: King County Prevention Strategy 12/06/23 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 11/22/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2023) 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept 10/28/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Northstar Advocates General Operating Support 08/01/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 05/09/23 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times: Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/27/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Fellowship 04/02/24 $83,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 10/01/23 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 06/06/23 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 10/11/22 $62,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington: General Operating Support 04/27/23 $322,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. National Prevention Learning Collaborative 12/12/23 $330,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Facilitation of the Young Grantmakers Facilitator Funds 09/01/23 $95,922.00 Youth Homelessness
Foster Forward Youth Transition Funders Group Membership (2024) 02/01/24 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 06/27/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America: Stakeholder Convening & Advocacy Education 12/01/23 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Covenant House International Youth Homelessness Prevention Research ​ 08/07/23 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection National Learning Collaborative on Youth Homelessness Prevention 12/11/23 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times: Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 07/06/23 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Upstream King County 11/27/23 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 10/30/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing General Operating Support 12/22/21 $100,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 12/13/21 $50,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Foster Forward Youth Transition Funders Group: Membership (2023) 03/27/23 $15,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - Nat'l FB/Adv/Learning
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2023) 07/18/23 $300,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - Nat'l FB/Adv/Learning
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (aka Philanthropist Forum) 08/22/23 $5,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - State/Local Transformation Pilots
Think of Us Supporting Youth Engagement on Foster Care WA State Settlement 04/04/23 $5,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - State/Local Transformation Pilots