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
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 08/09/23 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
SchoolHouse Connection Improving Educational Outcomes Vulnerable Students: Supporting and Strengthening Federal Agency Action 12/06/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Stand Up For Equity **N40 FUNDED** General Operating Support 03/01/22 $200,000.00 RED Base
Center for Effective Philanthropy Longitudinal Study of Effects of Large Unrestricted Gifts 04/15/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Panorama Global We Are In: King County Regional Homelessness Authority Data Infrastructure Development 12/08/23 $200,625.00 Regional Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Direct Cash Transfers 11/04/22 $225,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 08/07/23 $225,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Thousand Currents Center for Transforming Philanthropy 11/14/22 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Schott Foundation for Public Education General Operating Support 08/01/23 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 04/04/23 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Schott Foundation for Public Education Anti-Racist and Culturally Responsive Schools Organizing Partnership 11/15/21 $250,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
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
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
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 07/31/23 $250,000.00 RED Base
American Council on Education Carnegie Classifications Project​ 10/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Campaign for Our Shared Future: General Operating Support 08/14/23 $250,000.00 RED Base
Council of Chief State School Officers Council of Chief State School Officers Community of Practice for Improving School Climate ​ 11/01/23 $262,700.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU): Increasing Adoption of SEP Approach to Equitable College Classrooms 02/21/23 $280,000.00 Education
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/29/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 12/19/23 $300,000.00 Education
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network: General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Possibility Labs Radiant Strategies: Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America: General Operating Support 12/01/21 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
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 Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America: Stakeholder Convening & Advocacy Education 12/01/23 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Democracy Alliance Pooled Fund General Operating Support 03/06/23 $300,000.00 RED - IDPI Cross Cut
Surge Institute BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 11/08/23 $322,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington: General Operating Support 04/27/23 $322,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. National Prevention Learning Collaborative 12/12/23 $330,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Prevention Youth Engagement Team 12/06/22 $342,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
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
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 11/10/22 $375,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/22 $375,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Tides Center PERTS: Strategic Scale-Up of Copilot Ascend & Communities of Practice 01/23/23 $400,000.00 Education
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 11/27/23 $410,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington: General Operating Support 12/01/21 $430,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/01/21 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2023 Core) 06/23/23 $500,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools: General Operating Support 12/06/23 $500,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group - Education Forward Fund (2023) 06/23/23 $500,000.00 Education 1 - Field Building