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
482 Forward General Operating Support 01/31/24 $1,500.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
482 Forward General Operating Support 03/25/24 $25,000.00 RED 2 - State-Based Organizing
609 Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Alliance for A Just Society Native Organizers Alliance: General Operating Support 10/18/23 $25,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Alliance for A Just Society Native Organizers Alliance General Operating Support 04/02/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Alliance For Education 2024 Annual Gala Sponsorship 04/10/24 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Alliance for Youth Organizing General Operating Support 04/01/24 $150,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 07/31/23 $250,000.00 RED Base
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) 12/19/23 $300,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 11/16/23 $25,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Future Fund (2024) 02/20/24 $700,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Higher Ed Forward Fund (2023) 11/30/23 $40,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Fund for Education Success: Project Education Impact (PEI) 11/21/23 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Democracy Alliance Pooled Fund General Operating Support 03/06/23 $300,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2023 Core) 06/23/23 $500,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Fund for the Education Success of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice​ 06/23/23 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Higher Ed Forward Fund (2023-2024) 11/21/23 $1,000,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Emergent Fund: Movement Rapid Response Organizing Initiative 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2023 & 2024) 08/04/23 $2,000,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Susan Sandler Leadership Fellowship 02/16/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Fund for the Education Success of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice​ 05/23/24 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Reimagining Capacity and Capital for Communities (RC3) Initiative 01/03/23 $30,000.00 RED Base
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2024 Core) 02/20/24 $800,000.00 Education
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
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
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 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
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Model State Statute Convening Sponsorship 07/31/23 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
American Council on Education General Operating Support 02/26/24 $7,750.00 Education
American Council on Education Carnegie Classifications Project​ 10/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
American University American University School of Education Dean’s Discretionary Operating Funds 12/04/23 $10,000.00 Education
API Chaya General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
API Chaya General Operating Support 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/01/24 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/24/23 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/09/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/17/22 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
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
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Power in Solidarity Gathering (2022) 02/17/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 02/17/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2023) 04/04/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving