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
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/01/21 $95,000.00 Youth Homelessness
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Movement Strategy Center Next Generation Fund General Operating Support 10/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing General Operating Support 12/22/21 $100,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (RENEWAL) 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Seattle Girls School Rise Up Campaign 08/13/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Think of Us Envisioning and Co-Creating an Anti-Racist Legal System for Children 11/16/22 $100,000.00 Resourcing Equity & Democracy Cross Cut
JustFund US General Operating Support 06/01/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Tides Foundation Core Operating Support - Center for Working Families Fund 11/03/22 $100,000.00 Resourcing Equity & Democracy Cross Cut
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/16/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program 10/01/20 $105,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 10/24/22 $112,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Health Care Authority - Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Youth Homelessness Behavioral Health Staff Position 01/13/20 $119,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Solidaire Network Movement Protection Fund 11/10/22 $125,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 11/16/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Building Changes Lived Experience Coalition Strategic Plan Development 08/01/20 $125,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Thousand Currents Philanthropic Partnerships Donor Education & Organizing 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Transcend, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 08/18/20 $140,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Raikes Foundation Donor Advised Fund 03/15/21 $141,542.00 Community Giving
Global Impact (RENEWAL) Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 10/20/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept 10/28/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 03/23/21 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Association of School Administrators Inc Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/01/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
School Board Partners BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Responsive Communications Support for System Leaders 04/13/22 $150,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
National Equity Project BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 09/20/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education