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
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Summit Public Schools BELE Network: General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: Collaborating Districts Initiative: Network of Equity Districts (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,500,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools BELE Network: Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
San Francisco State University Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $500,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development (YR1-2) (2019-2021) 10/17/19 $850,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Placed Based Midwest District Network (2019-2023) 10/17/19 $1,899,400.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth's "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 10/21/19 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Tides Center Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4, Part 2) 10/24/19 $188,070.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
New Venture Fund Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund (PIT-UN) 11/01/19 $590,000.00 Special Initiatives
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare Youth Services Center Training and Outreach Coordinator (King County Housing Stability for Justice Involved Youth) 11/20/19 $81,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 11/22/19 $61,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2020) 11/25/19 $428,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 11/26/19 $355,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 12/05/19 $270,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
TeamChild State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee Program Management (YR 1) 12/11/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children No More Missed Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative 12/16/19 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Scaling the SchoolHouse School Model through State Initiatives 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Home Base Young Adult Project 12/16/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 12/18/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Columbia Legal Services State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/20/19 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Health Care Authority - Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Youth Homelessness Behavioral Health Staff Position 01/13/20 $119,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
NW Children's Foundation 2020 Community Annual Forum: Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing 01/24/20 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives