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
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2023 & 2024) 08/04/23 $2,000,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Seek Common Ground: Student Action Network for Equity 08/03/23 $100,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: CASEL District Network & Field Leadership 08/01/23 $750,000.00 Education
New York University NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools General Operating Support 08/01/23 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Northstar Advocates General Operating Support 08/01/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The University of Chicago BELE Network: UC Consortium Large Scale, Multi-District Validation of the Cultivate Survey Instrument 08/01/23 $350,000.00 Education
The Schott Foundation for Public Education General Operating Support 08/01/23 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Homelessness Law Center Tracking Laws to End Youth Homelessness - Federal and Tribal Indexes & Website 08/01/23 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Center BELE Network: PERTS Building & Scaling the Student Experience Knowledge Base 08/01/23 $500,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: District Network & Field Catalyst Strategy Development 08/01/23 $1,500,000.00 Education
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2023) 07/31/23 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 07/31/23 $250,000.00 RED Base
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Model State Statute Convening Sponsorship 07/31/23 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2023) 07/18/23 $300,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - Nat'l FB/Adv/Learning
Third Way Institute General Operating Support 07/11/23 $50,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times: Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 07/06/23 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Johns Hopkins University SNF Agora Institute P3 Labs General Operating Support 07/05/23 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2023) 07/05/23 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed (Recurring)
Southern Education Foundation Brown's Promise: General Operating Support 07/05/23 $5,000.00 Community Giving
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 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
OneAmerica Annual Open House (2023) 06/21/23 $5,000.00 Community Giving
ISAIAH General Operating Support 06/21/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 06/21/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 06/21/23 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 06/20/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 06/06/23 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Hispanics in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy: UNITY Summit Sponsorship (2023) 06/02/23 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Somos Mujeres Latinas Washington Somos Mujeres Latinas Washington Community Luncheon Sponsorship (2023) 05/23/23 $2,550.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 05/09/23 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 05/09/23 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes We Are In: Youth & Young Adult Homelessness Systems Change Landscape & Gap Analysis 05/08/23 $16,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations GEO's Learning Conference Sponsorship (2023) 05/04/23 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2023 Annual Membership 05/03/23 $3,700.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Conference Sponsorship (2023) 05/03/23 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington: General Operating Support 04/27/23 $322,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Northshore School District: Kenmore Elementary School Kenmore Elementary: Classroom Improvements 04/27/23 $500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Ouray Ice Park Inc. General Operating Support 04/27/23 $4,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Bowie State University Foundation, Inc. BSU Philanthropy Initiative-Managing Philanthropy and Non-Profit Programs 04/27/23 $25,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
The Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha, Nebraska General Operating Support 04/17/23 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed (One Time)
Red Wine and Blue Education Fund General Operating Support 04/12/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Think of Us Supporting Youth Engagement on Foster Care WA State Settlement 04/04/23 $5,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - State/Local Transformation Pilots
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2023) 04/04/23 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 04/04/23 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Center for State Courts National Consortium Sponsorship (2023) 04/02/23 $2,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Leading Now: Responsive Communications Support for Superintendents​ 04/01/23 $150,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Hispanics in Philanthropy Transforming Philanthropic Practice 04/01/23 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington: Youth & Young Adult Homelessness Landscape Scan Report Development with WA State OHY 03/27/23 $38,150.00 Youth Homelessness
Foster Forward Youth Transition Funders Group: Membership (2023) 03/27/23 $15,000.00 YSS Cross Cutting - Nat'l FB/Adv/Learning