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 Strategy
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund Operating Support 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Conference 08/16/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Education Research Brief Development and Dissemination 12/01/18 $53,136.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Food Fund 06/19/20 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 2) 09/28/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 YH 2: State
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/01/17 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/07/18 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 09/11/19 $2,400.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations and King County Local Community Coalition 11/01/17 $27,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
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
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Youth Network and Leadership Committee 11/14/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Youth Services Center Training and Outreach Coordinator (King County Housing Stability for Justice Involved Youth) 11/20/19 $81,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth “Education Leads Home” SXSW EDU Conference Campaign Launch 12/21/17 $12,500.00 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
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. “Texas Counts Pooled Fund” Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
United Way Of King County “The Home Fund” - Pearl Jam’s Banding Together to Fight Homelessness Campaign in King County 07/01/18 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children “Upstream Seattle” First Year Pre-Implementation (Phase 1) 12/12/18 $163,643.00 Youth Homelessness