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 Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $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
Possibility Labs 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's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/08/20 $262,500.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home Operating Support ($75K) & State Initiatives on Student Homelessness Project ($175K) 02/23/21 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Schott Foundation for Public Education Anti-Racist and Culturally Responsive Schools Organizing Partnership 11/15/21 $250,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Thousand Currents Center for Transforming Philanthropy 11/14/22 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 10/12/20 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 10/20/20 $226,600.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Direct Cash Transfers 11/04/22 $225,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education
Color of Change Education Fund Inc. Winning Against the Backlash National Campaign 12/01/21 $200,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Improving Educational Outcomes Vulnerable Students: Supporting and Strengthening Federal Agency Action 12/06/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Service Providers Collaborative 11/20/20 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Panorama Global General Operating Support 11/15/22 $200,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
Hispanics in Philanthropy PowerUp Fund Core Operating Support 06/01/20 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Conference of State Legislatures NCSL Youth Homelessness Fellows Phase II​ 10/26/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 12/08/20 $180,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Responsive Communications Support for System Leaders 04/13/22 $150,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
School Board Partners BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept 10/28/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 10/20/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County YYA Policy Coordinator 12/09/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Association of School Administrators Inc Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
Seattle Parks Foundation Community Centric Fundraising General Operating Support 12/08/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/01/21 $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
The Seattle Foundation Raikes Foundation Donor Advised Fund 03/15/21 $141,542.00 Community Giving
Transcend, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 08/18/20 $140,000.00 Education
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Solidaire Network Movement Protection Fund 11/10/22 $125,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $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
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