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
Take Action Minnesota Education Fund General Operating Support 03/25/24 $25,000.00 RED 2 - State-Based Organizing
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 03/15/24 $2,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Grantmakers For Education 2024 Annual Membership 03/13/24 $6,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Youth Homelessness Staffing 03/07/24 $204,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Valencia College Foundation General Operating Support 02/28/24 $10,000.00 Education
American Council on Education General Operating Support 02/26/24 $7,750.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2024 Core) 02/20/24 $800,000.00 Education
YouthCare General Operating Support 02/20/24 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Future Fund (2024) 02/20/24 $700,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2024) 02/16/24 $8,500.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2024) 02/16/24 $20,000.00 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
Excelencia in Education Membership for Latino Student Success Funders Group (2024) 02/12/24 $40,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2024) 02/07/24 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2024) 02/06/24 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Foster Forward Youth Transition Funders Group Membership (2024) 02/01/24 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/01/24 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
National Network for Youth Inc. Summit Sponsorship (2024) 01/31/24 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
482 Forward General Operating Support 01/31/24 $1,500.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funder Strategy Group Membership (2024) 01/30/24 $25,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
U-Power Dodge for a Cause Event Team Sponsorship 01/26/24 $1,250.00 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)
NW Children's Foundation 2024 Community Annual Forum Sponsorship - Child Well-Being & the New Science of Trauma 01/17/24 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Center PERTS: Strategic Scale-Up of Copilot Ascend and Communities of Practice 01/01/24 $1,200,000.00 Education
Southern Education Foundation Brown’s Promise General Operating Support 01/01/24 $150,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 12/19/23 $300,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Equitable Giving Lab​ 12/15/23 $30,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 12/14/23 $170,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Capacity Shop General Operating Support 12/13/23 $30,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
Point Source Youth Inc. National Prevention Learning Collaborative 12/12/23 $330,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Women Donors Network General Operating Support 12/12/23 $50,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
SchoolHouse Connection National Learning Collaborative on Youth Homelessness Prevention 12/11/23 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America: National Learning Collaborative on Youth Homelessness Prevention 12/11/23 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Panorama Global We Are In: King County Regional Homelessness Authority Data Infrastructure Development 12/08/23 $200,625.00 Regional Homelessness
Panorama Global We Are In: Youth By Name List (YBNL) 12/08/23 $81,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Panorama Global We Are In - Phase II: YYAH Systems Change Landscape and Gap Analysis 12/08/23 $102,375.00 Regional Homelessness
Panorama Global We Are In: Roy Street Housing Funding Gap 12/08/23 $150,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Panorama Global We Are In: King County Homeless Youth Advocacy Education and Communications Capacity Building 12/08/23 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Deonate Oshal Cruz 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/06/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools: General Operating Support 12/06/23 $500,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Tubman Center for Health & Freedom Allies for Healthier Systems for Health & Abundance in Youth: King County Prevention Strategy 12/06/23 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Kevin Mangat 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/05/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Jemella Kennebrew 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/05/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Jeffrey "Jeff" Abdullah 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/05/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Learning Collaborative on Youth Homelessness Prevention 12/05/23 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. General Operating Support 12/05/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Rhea Yo 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/05/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American University American University School of Education Dean’s Discretionary Operating Funds 12/04/23 $10,000.00 Education
Borealis Philanthropy Funders for Organizing: General Operating Support 12/04/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
SchoolHouse Connection American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children and Youth Sprint​ 12/01/23 $85,000.00 Youth Homelessness