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
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation (2021-2022) 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Higher Ed Forward Fund (2023-2024) 11/21/23 $1,000,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU): Scaling SEP Practices and Supporting Systemic Change 09/27/23 $840,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
American University American University School of Education Dean’s Discretionary Operating Funds 12/04/23 $10,000.00 Education
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
Tides Center PERTS: Strategic Scale-Up of Copilot Ascend and Communities of Practice 01/01/24 $1,200,000.00 Education
School Board Partners General Operating Support 11/03/22 $650,000.00 Education
Excelencia in Education Membership for Latino Student Success Funders Group (2024) 02/12/24 $40,000.00 Education
NewSchools Fund NewSchools Summit Sponsorship (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Education
American Council on Education General Operating Support 02/26/24 $7,750.00 Education
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
Valencia College Foundation General Operating Support 02/28/24 $10,000.00 Education
Tides Center BELE Network: PERTS Building & Scaling the Student Experience Knowledge Base 08/01/23 $500,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Narrative and Policy Work on Critical Race Theory 09/16/21 $50,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: District Network & Field Catalyst Strategy Development 08/01/23 $1,500,000.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: CASEL District Network & Field Leadership 08/01/23 $750,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 06/24/22 $75,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago BELE Network: UC Consortium Large Scale, Multi-District Validation of the Cultivate Survey Instrument 08/01/23 $350,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Student Experience-centered, Equity-embedded, Data-driven (SEED) District Strategic Planning Project 10/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 06/21/22 $900,000.00 Education
President And Fellows Of Harvard College BELE Network: False Prophets and Wise Choices: A Humane Approach to School Reform 09/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/23/22 $900,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers Council of Chief State School Officers Community of Practice for Improving School Climate ​ 11/01/23 $262,700.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Future Fund (2024) 02/20/24 $700,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funder Strategy Group Membership (2024) 01/30/24 $25,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2024) 02/16/24 $20,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Grantmakers For Education 2024 Annual Membership 03/13/24 $6,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
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
New Venture Fund Seek Common Ground’s Student Action Network for Equity General Operating Support 02/14/24 $100,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 03/15/24 $2,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
New Venture Fund Seek Common Ground: Student Action Network for Equity 08/03/23 $100,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools: General Operating Support 12/06/23 $500,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2023) 03/06/23 $20,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funder Strategy Group Membership (2023) 03/06/23 $25,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
New Venture Fund Leading Now: Responsive Communications Support for Superintendents​ 04/01/23 $150,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 06/23/23 $500,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 11/16/23 $25,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
New Venture Fund Leading Now: AI Series for Superintendents in Leading Now and Chiefs for Change 11/01/23 $32,500.00 Education 1 - Field Building
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Social Good Fund SeekHer Foundation: General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
SisterSong, Inc General Operating Support 03/21/22 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Interim Community Development Association General Operating Support 07/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust From Imagination to Creation Campaign 11/18/22 $4,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts