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
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
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
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
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Youth Homelessness Staffing 03/07/24 $204,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 08/07/23 $225,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth 6560 Rapid Response Team 12/01/21 $70,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Facilitation of the Young Grantmakers Facilitator Funds 11/10/22 $46,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 02/20/24 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Learning Collaborative on Youth Homelessness Prevention 12/05/23 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 11/08/23 $322,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 10/25/22 $75,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept Project 04/08/24 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. General Operating Support 12/05/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 05/09/23 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Summit Sponsorship (2024) 01/31/24 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse General Operating Support 04/19/24 $400.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 12/14/23 $170,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
API Chaya General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. Washington State Direct Cash Transfer Pilot 04/10/24 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Education Effort of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care, and the Justice System 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 03/06/23 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation General Operating Support 12/03/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Executive Director Search Capacity Support 06/20/24 $17,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Building Changes Education Program 10/21/22 $775,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society Executive Director Support Gift 01/31/23 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Therapeutic Health Services General Operating Support 11/22/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Communications Capacity Support 05/09/24 $6,500.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children and Youth Sprint​ 12/01/23 $85,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 11/27/23 $410,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Pacific Islander Community Association General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/01/21 $95,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington: Youth & Young Adult Homelessness Landscape Scan Report Development with WA State OHY 03/27/23 $38,150.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program 10/27/21 $24,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 01/24/22 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 10/20/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center Tracking Laws to End Youth Homelessness - Federal and Tribal Indexes & Website 08/01/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ryther Northstar Advocates: Education of Stakeholders and Policymakers 03/16/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Michael Jones 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness