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
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Annual Luncheon Sponsorship (2023) 10/29/23 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2023) 10/26/23 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Local Progress Policy Institute General Operating Support 10/25/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Race Forward General Operating Support 10/24/23 $25,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Grassroots Power Project General Operating Support 10/24/23 $50,000.00 RED Base
Windward Fund Heartland Fund: Rural Democracy Initiative General Operating Support 10/24/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2023) 10/21/23 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 10/21/23 $45,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/23 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2023) 10/21/23 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Johns Hopkins University SNF Agora Institute P3 Labs General Operating Support 10/20/23 $50,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/19/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/19/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Equality Federation Institute General Operating Support 10/18/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
The Roosevelt Institute General Operating Support 10/18/23 $50,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Proteus Fund Inc. Piper Fund Collaborative Fund 10/18/23 $25,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Way To Rise General Operating Support 10/18/23 $100,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
People's Action Institute General Operating Support 10/18/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Alliance for A Just Society Native Organizers Alliance: General Operating Support 10/18/23 $25,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Center for Popular Democracy General Operating Support 10/18/23 $25,000.00 RED Base
Faith in Action Network General Operating Support 10/17/23 $25,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/09/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/09/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/08/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/07/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Nyaka Inc General Operating Support 10/05/23 $265.05 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 10/01/23 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Student Experience-centered, Equity-embedded, Data-driven (SEED) District Strategic Planning Project 10/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Student Experience-centered, Equity-embedded, Data-driven (SEED) District Strategic Planning Project 10/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
American Council on Education Carnegie Classifications Project​ 10/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
Giving Compass Network Donor Survey and AI Analysis Prototype 09/29/23 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mockingbird Society Annual Luncheon Sponsorship (2023) 09/28/23 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc NAAM's Annual Unity Event (2023) 09/28/23 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU): Scaling SEP Practices and Supporting Systemic Change 09/27/23 $840,000.00 Education
Southern Education Foundation Brown’s Promise: Communications Research Project 09/27/23 $55,000.00 Education
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/11/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/06/23 $100,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
YMCA of Greater Seattle Facilitation of the Young Grantmakers Facilitator Funds 09/01/23 $95,922.00 Youth Homelessness
President And Fellows Of Harvard College BELE Network: False Prophets and Wise Choices: A Humane Approach to School Reform 09/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 09/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/23 $100,000.00 Education
Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund 08/25/23 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
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
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle 22nd Annual Breakfast Sponsorship (2023) 08/16/23 $3,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Campaign for Our Shared Future: General Operating Support 08/14/23 $250,000.00 RED 1 - National Strategy
Kent State University Foundation Student Experience Project Strategic Planning and Partnership for Scaling Advisor 08/09/23 $118,421.00 Education
Treehouse Aileen McGinnis Fund 08/09/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 08/09/23 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Covenant House International Youth Homelessness Prevention Research ​ 08/07/23 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 08/07/23 $225,000.00 Youth Homelessness