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
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $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
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1) 07/01/20 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives - General (Misc)
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives 3 - Black Leadership & Power Fund (BLPF)
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 YH 2: State
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
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) 08/24/18 $25,000.00 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 Way Of King County Home Base Young Adult Project 12/16/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Covid-19 Focus Group Youth Stipends 05/01/20 $250.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 09/24/19 $51,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/01/20 $125.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $40,000.00 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
SchoolHouse Connection Scaling the SchoolHouse School Model through State Initiatives 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Conference 08/16/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/07/17 $210,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington General Operations 11/26/19 $355,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 12/18/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting 02/08/19 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth's "Youth Lead Project" 10/21/19 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth “Education Leads Home” SXSW EDU Conference Campaign Launch 12/21/17 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Working Group on Racial Equity and Homelessness 12/06/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Ensuring Effective Implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act 10/23/18 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 12/05/19 $270,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 12/21/17 $4,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 10/23/18 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Improving Under 18 Homeless Youth System Coordination – Lifting up Mainstream System Partners to End Youth Homelessness 08/24/18 $65,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 11/01/17 $80,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 11/22/19 $61,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2020) 11/25/19 $428,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children “Upstream Seattle” First Year Pre-Implementation (Phase 1) 12/12/18 $163,643.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America General Operations & National Stakeholder Convenings 12/05/17 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children No More Missed Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 03/01/19 $125,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) Homeless Youth Coalition Proposal Development 05/22/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness