our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. 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 Datesort ascending Amount Strategy
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/06 $760.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth “Education Leads Home” SXSW EDU Conference Campaign Launch 12/21/17 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 12/21/17 $4,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Backbone Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Opportunity Youth - 2017
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/07/17 $210,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $49,500.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. Report on the Correlation Between the Behavioral Health System and Youth Homelessness 12/07/17 $66,125.00 Youth Homelessness
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Opportunity Youth - 2017
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America General Operations & National Stakeholder Convenings 12/05/17 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Legal Services Partnership for Youth 12/04/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Innovation Grants to Prevent Youth from Exiting Public Systems into Homelessness 12/04/17 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Homeless Youth Legal Network, Publication and Convening 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University College Transition Collaborative’s Operating and Organizational Infrastructure Support 12/01/17 $2,100,000.00 Education
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support (WIN) 12/01/17 $2,400.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $800.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization General Operating Support 12/01/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 12/01/17 $650.00 Education
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 Community Giving
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Chapin Hall Center for Children Towards Core Outcome Measures for Youth Homelessness 12/01/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities General Operating Support 12/01/17 $13,000.00 Education
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network for Quality Initiative 11/28/17 $190,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Third Sector New England Inc. General Operating Support 11/20/17 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Foundations for Employment and Housing Membership 11/17/17 $3,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Behavioral Ideas Lab Inc Impact-Giving Self-Assessment Tool 11/15/17 $65,000.00 IDPI 1
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Youth Network and Leadership Committee 11/14/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/10/17 $500.00 Community Giving