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
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
King County Department of Community and Human Services King County All Home’s “Campaign to End Youth Homelessness Now” 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Prosecuting Attorney King County Juvenile Court Strategic Planning Retreat 11/03/17 $5,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. Launch of a State Leadership Table on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/20/18 $20,515.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes "Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents" Convenings 02/23/18 $18,200.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Legal Services Partnership for Youth 12/04/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Local Community Coalition for Pierce County 11/01/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition Mason County HOST Site Visit Honorarium 07/12/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Microsoft Alumni Community Fund 12/22/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Homeless Youth Legal Network, Publication and Convening 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Working Group on Racial Equity and Homelessness 12/06/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Code Org Nebraska Summer Teacher Professional Development Training Program 05/18/18 $25,000.00 Community Giving
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
Chapin Hall Center for Children No More Missed Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Toolkit 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 08/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 08/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 08/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/30/20 $500.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Covid-19 Focus Group Youth Stipends 05/01/20 $250.00 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
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth's "Youth Lead Project" 10/21/19 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Foundation for Tacoma Students Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Plan to Develop a Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Education
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 President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/07/18 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 09/11/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Presidential Scholarship Program 12/18/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Opportunity Schools Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 11/22/19 $61,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 06/29/20 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Institute For America's Future Inc. Promoting Academic Success and Belonging for All Students: Multi-Modal School District Approach 02/20/18 $234,618.00 Education
New Venture Fund Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund (PIT-UN) 11/01/19 $590,000.00 SIE 1: Public Interest Technology
Treehouse Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) Homeless Youth Coalition Proposal Development 05/22/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness