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
Borealis Philanthropy Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Core Operating Fund 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Inclusive Recovery Fund 12/15/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 12/16/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 12/16/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network Operating Support 01/21/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Building Changes Prevention and End of Homelessness in King County ($600K) & General Operating Support ($775K) 02/10/21 $1,375,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Washington State Administration Office of the Courts Washington State Racial Justice Initiative (Racial Justice Consortium) 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2021) 02/17/21 $7,390.00 Community Giving
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home Operating Support ($75K) & State Initiatives on Student Homelessness Project ($175K) 02/23/21 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Center Student Experience Project: Project for Education Research that Scales Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Dev. 03/01/21 $900,000.00 Education
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship (2021) 03/02/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2021) 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Virtual Benefit Dinner Sponsorship 03/05/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State University Foundation WSU School of Hospitality Business Management General Fund 03/11/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group 2021 Plymouth Housing Seattle Dance Competition Sponsorship 03/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Casa Latina General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teach for America (Washington Region) General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
WestSide Baby General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. White Privilege Documentary 03/12/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2021) 03/12/21 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Seattle Theatre Group 20th Annual More Music Virtual Celebration 03/15/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Raikes Foundation Donor Advised Fund 03/15/21 $141,542.00 Community Giving
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Urban Impact Foundation (Pittsburg) General Operating Support 03/23/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 03/23/21 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 03/26/21 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Domestic Workers Alliance General Operating Support 03/31/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2021-2022) 04/08/21 $600,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 04/08/21 $21,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $2,200.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
Wing Luke Memorial Foundation “Our stories are Your Stories” Campaign honoring Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month 04/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project General Operating Support 05/05/21 $786.75 Community Giving
The Seattle Clemency Project Formerly Homeless or Foster Youth Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Treehouse Foster Care to Prison Pipeline Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Surge Institute BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/11/21 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NEO Philanthropy AAPI Civic Engagement Fund 05/11/21 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Interventions & National Discussions on Preventing Tracks on Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness 05/12/21 $70,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
School Board Partners BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education