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
InnerCity Struggle General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 10/21/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 02/22/23 $1,250.00 Community Giving
Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/05/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2023) 04/04/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships: General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
UNF Charitable Fund Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2021) 11/05/21 $2,400.00 Community Giving
Red Wine and Blue Education Fund General Operating Support 04/12/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Western States Center General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 11/03/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for State Courts National Consortium Sponsorship (2023) 04/02/23 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Change General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 11/03/21 $25,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Student Experience-centered, Equity-embedded, Data-driven (SEED) District Strategic Planning Project 10/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Seek Common Ground: Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
University of Toledo Student Experience Project (SEP) Learning Partners Facilitation & Planning 10/29/21 $20,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2023 Core) 06/23/23 $500,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2023 & 2024) 08/04/23 $2,000,000.00 Education
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/23 $100,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Boyer Commission 2040: Blueprint for Excellence & Equity in Undergraduate Education 10/08/21 $50,000.00 Education
Southern Education Foundation Brown’s Promise: Communications Research Project 09/27/23 $55,000.00 Education
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 12/02/22 $50,000.00 Education
Southern Education Foundation Brown’s Promise General Operating Support 01/01/24 $150,000.00 Education
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2024 Core) 02/20/24 $800,000.00 Education
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab: First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2022 Annual Membership 04/05/22 $3,700.00 Education
Third Way Institute General Operating Support 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
National Association of System Heads Equity Action Initiative 12/15/22 $100,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 09/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU): Increasing Adoption of SEP Approach to Equitable College Classrooms 02/21/23 $280,000.00 Education
New York University NYU Metro Center General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
Tides Center PERTS: Strategic Scale-Up of Copilot Ascend & Communities of Practice 01/23/23 $400,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2023 Annual Membership 05/03/23 $3,700.00 Education
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator Higher Education Project and Partnership Operational Capacity Support 05/02/24 $900,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 12/19/23 $300,000.00 Education
Third Way Institute General Operating Support 07/11/23 $50,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
American Council on Education Carnegie Classifications Project​ 10/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Higher Ed Forward Fund (2023) 11/30/23 $40,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Kent State University Foundation Student Experience Project Strategic Planning and Partnership for Scaling Advisor 08/09/23 $118,421.00 Education