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
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America: Stakeholder Convening & Advocacy Education 12/01/23 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Amanda Sandoval 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/01/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Fredricka "Freddie" Pie 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/01/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Shaun Frazier 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/01/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Hopewell Fund Galvanize USA: General Operating Support 12/01/23 $1,000.00 RED Base
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Housing Stability Services Improvements for Minors 12/01/23 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow 2023 - Zaheed Lynch 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship 12/01/23 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2023) 11/30/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Higher Ed Forward Fund (2023) 11/30/23 $40,000.00 Education
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 11/29/23 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
PolicyLink Liberation Ventures: General Operating Support 11/28/23 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 11/27/23 $410,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Upstream King County 11/27/23 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 11/27/23 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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)
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Higher Ed Forward Fund (2023-2024) 11/21/23 $1,000,000.00 Education
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Fund for Education Success: Project Education Impact (PEI) 11/21/23 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/20/23 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
UNF Charitable Fund Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2023) 11/17/23 $1,200.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Equality Federation Institute General Operating Support 11/17/23 $1,000.00 RED Base
Whitman-Walker Foundation Whitman-Walker Institute General Operating Support 11/17/23 $1,000.00 RED Base
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 11/16/23 $25,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
State Power Fund General Operating Support 11/16/23 $25,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Mockingbird Society Public Policy & Advocacy Director Professional Development Staff Capacity Support 11/15/23 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grassroots Power Project General Operating Support 11/13/23 $1,500.00 RED Base
Partners Asia General Operating Support 11/11/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
NEO Philanthropy Funders' Committee for Civic Participation: General Operating Support 11/10/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/08/23 $500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 11/08/23 $322,500.00 Youth Homelessness
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)
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2023) 11/08/23 $18,000.00 Community Giving
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)
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 11/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 11/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/07/23 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Funder's Collaborative on Youth Organizing: General Operating Support 11/06/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Proteus Fund Inc. Reframe: General Operating Support 11/06/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
TeamMates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/02/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Tides Center 22nd Century Initiative: General Operating Support 11/02/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Political Research Associates General Operating Support 11/02/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/02/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Council of Chief State School Officers Council of Chief State School Officers Community of Practice for Improving School Climate ​ 11/01/23 $262,700.00 Education
New Venture Fund Leading Now: AI Series for Superintendents in Leading Now and Chiefs for Change 11/01/23 $32,500.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 11/01/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 10/30/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness