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
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (2022) 10/20/22 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Global Impact Justice Funders Network: Social Justice Giving Circles 10/20/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Prospect Schools Inc. Brooklyn Prospect High School General Operating Support 10/18/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund - IGNITE Event 10/14/22 $20,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 10/11/22 $62,500.00 Youth Homelessness
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 10/06/22 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/06/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
Center for Children’s Advocacy Inc. General Operating Support 10/06/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Northwest African American Museum Inc NAAM's Annual Unity Event (2022) 09/29/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/29/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Panorama Global Collaborative Learning from Impact Philanthropy 09/29/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $18,000.00 Community Giving
The Bridgespan Group Inc. Funds/Funder Collaboration Research 09/28/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 09/28/22 $45,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 09/28/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Northstar Advocates General Operating Support 09/27/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Good Information Foundation General Operating Support 09/21/22 $30,000.00 RED Base
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
National Equity Project General Operating Support 09/19/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/13/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 09/12/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support 09/09/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (Philanthropist Forum) 09/02/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition General Operating Support 08/25/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 08/23/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Fellow - Samuel Martin 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 08/01/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Center for Community Change 2023 Community Change Champion Awards Sponsorship 07/31/22 $5,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Fellow - Barbara Rockey 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Azia Ruff 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Possibility Labs Radiant Strategies: Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Western States Center General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Change General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Allies in Healthier Systems for Health and Abundance in Youth (AHSHAY) General Operating Support 07/25/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab: First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2023) 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness