our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. 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 Strategy
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 07/27/18 $9,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 Education
Georgetown University Education Focused Financial Transparency Working Group (FiTWiG) 05/11/17 $400,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/12/17 $3,000.00 Education
League of Education Voters Foundation Fair Student Funding Site Visits 09/30/16 $20,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
Institute For America's Future Inc. Promoting Academic Success and Belonging for All Students: Multi-Modal School District Approach 02/20/18 $234,618.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University College Transition Collaborative’s Operating and Organizational Infrastructure Support 12/01/17 $2,100,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/16/17 $3,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/27/16 $400,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018 - 2019 K-12 Education Research, Practice and Policy Implementation Field Support 06/28/18 $180,000.00 Education
Teachers College Columbia University The Hechinger Report - The Science and Cost of Learning 06/05/17 $300,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Develop Framework to Incorporate Meaningful SEL Supports and Assessments in Schools and New Accountability Systems 08/17/16 $159,000.00 Education
Center for American Progress Learning Mindsets and Skills Policy Brief 09/28/16 $75,000.00 Education
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2018 Summit on Improvement in Education 11/10/17 $15,000.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/06 $760.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
New Venture Fund Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Annual Membership 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 06/22/17 $50,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/09/16 $15,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 07/29/16 $1,250.00 Education
Eduguide Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/11/18 $150,000.00 Education
Chiefs for Change General Operating Support 08/13/16 $35,000.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. 2018 Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education