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
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
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/29/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
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
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
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
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
New Venture Fund Campaign for Our Shared Future: General Operating Support 08/14/23 $250,000.00 RED Base
American Council on Education Carnegie Classifications Project​ 10/01/23 $250,000.00 Education
Thousand Currents Center for Transforming Philanthropy 11/14/22 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
Panorama Global We Are In: King County Regional Homelessness Authority Data Infrastructure Development 12/08/23 $200,625.00 Regional Homelessness
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships: General Operating Support 11/15/22 $200,000.00 RED Base
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
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Color of Change Education Fund Inc. Winning Against the Backlash National Campaign 12/01/21 $200,000.00 RED Base
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 12/14/23 $170,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County YYA Policy Coordinator 12/09/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 11/27/23 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept 10/28/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
School Board Partners BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Panorama Global We Are In: Roy Street Housing Funding Gap 12/08/23 $150,000.00 Regional Homelessness
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 09/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Student Experience-centered, Equity-embedded, Data-driven (SEED) District Strategic Planning Project 10/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/01/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project BELE Network: Student Experience-centered, Equity-embedded, Data-driven (SEED) District Strategic Planning Project 10/01/23 $150,000.00 Education
National Conference of State Legislatures NCSL Youth Homelessness Fellows Phase II​ 10/26/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 03/23/21 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Global Impact Justice Funders Network: Social Justice Giving Circles 10/20/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 09/20/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Upstream King County 11/27/23 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Parks Foundation Community Centric Fundraising: General Operating Support 12/08/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy