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
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Core Operating Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Muslim Association of Puget Sound WA State Afghan Refugee Resettlement Coordination and Operating Support 12/21/21 $15,000.00 Special Initiatives
Johns Hopkins University P3 Research Lab General Operating Support 12/20/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Possibility Labs General Operating Support 11/09/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
New York University NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools General Operating Support 08/01/23 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Schott Foundation for Public Education General Operating Support 08/01/23 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
Children & Youth Justice Center Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award Breakfast Sponsorship (2023) 02/14/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
The Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha, Nebraska General Operating Support 04/17/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Treehouse Aileen McGinnis Fund 08/09/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund 08/25/23 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Nyaka Inc General Operating Support 10/05/23 $265.05 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Boy Scouts of America - Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon Sponsorship (2024) 01/23/24 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
U-Power Dodge for a Cause Event Team Sponsorship 01/26/24 $1,250.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Kona Super Sonics General Operating Support 05/06/24 $500.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Ryther Neurodiverse NW 2024: ‘Stronger Together’ Event 06/12/24 $500.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/07/23 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 11/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/11/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Partners Asia General Operating Support 11/11/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
TeamMates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/02/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/08/23 $500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
U-Power General Operating Support 11/08/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 11/08/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Farestart General Operating Support 11/08/23 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/08/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/02/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 11/22/23 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 11/22/23 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 11/22/23 $25,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
UNF Charitable Fund Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2023) 11/17/23 $1,200.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/20/23 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 11/29/23 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2023) 07/05/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/01/24 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2024) 05/16/24 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/24/23 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2023) 07/31/23 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/19/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/09/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 11/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/09/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/19/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/08/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/14/22 $500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 10/06/22 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts