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
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Wing Luke Memorial Foundation General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Northwest Ultimate Association General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
RVC Seattle General Operating Support 11/15/22 $3,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Telluride AIDS Benefit Telluride AIDS Benefit: General Operating Support 11/15/22 $1,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/22 $2,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Refugee Protection International General Operating Support 01/13/23 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Northshore School District: Kenmore Elementary School Kenmore Elementary: Classroom Improvements 04/27/23 $500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Ouray Ice Park Inc. General Operating Support 04/27/23 $4,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Skokomish Tribe Skokomish Wellness Center General Operations 04/09/24 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary General Operating Support 04/10/24 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation General Operating Support 06/13/24 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
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
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support 01/20/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
PolicyLink Liberation Ventures: General Operating Support 11/28/23 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors General Operating Support 02/13/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Susan Sandler Leadership Fellowship 02/16/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Bowie State University Foundation, Inc. BSU Philanthropy Initiative-Managing Philanthropy and Non-Profit Programs 04/27/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Center for Community Change 2023 Community Change Champion Awards Sponsorship 07/31/22 $5,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Borealis Philanthropy Funders for Organizing: General Operating Support 12/04/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Organizational Strategic Planning and Visioning 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support (2022-2024) 12/01/21 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Movement Strategy Center General Operating Support 01/24/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Center for Effective Philanthropy Longitudinal Study of Effects of Large Unrestricted Gifts 04/15/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Global Impact Justice Funders Network: Social Justice Giving Circles 10/20/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 11/16/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Possibility Labs Community Centric Fundraising: General Operating Support 12/08/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy 2021 UNITY Summit Destination Impact Community Sponsorship Partner Participation 12/08/21 $380.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Thousand Currents Center for Transforming Philanthropy 11/14/22 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2022) 11/15/22 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund - IGNITE Event 10/14/22 $20,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/22 $375,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Bridgespan Group Inc. Funds/Funder Collaboration Research 09/28/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2023) 10/26/23 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/29/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
New Profit Inc General Operating Support 11/25/22 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Panorama Global Collaborative Learning from Impact Philanthropy 09/29/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Trustees of Indiana University Equitable Giving Lab​ 12/15/23 $30,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US IGNITE Event Operations 12/20/22 $4,560.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Hispanics in Philanthropy Transforming Philanthropic Practice 04/01/23 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 04/04/23 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy