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
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Washington SAJE Center Youth Homelessness, Juvenile Courts and Cross-System Collaboration: A Developmental Study 11/27/17 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Equity-focused Organizational Capacity Building 08/23/18 $46,750.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $49,500.00 Education
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 09/14/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Seattle Times Investigative Journalism Fund 06/06/19 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
GreatNonprofits Census 2020 Operating and Programming 02/01/20 $50,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Cardinal Service Website and Communications Platform Improvements 09/24/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
College Access Now Fund the Gap Campaign 09/29/17 $50,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 2) 09/28/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Legal Services Partnership for Youth 12/04/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 06/22/17 $50,000.00 Education
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 10/23/18 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $50,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
King County Department of Community and Human Services Employment and Education Resources "Latinx Youth Reengagement Project" 11/26/18 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 09/24/19 $51,000.00 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
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 05/17/19 $55,000.00 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
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/04/20 $60,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Operating Support 02/01/20 $60,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 11/22/19 $61,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Behavioral Ideas Lab, Inc. Impact-Giving Self-Assessment Tool 11/15/17 $65,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
Trustees of Indiana University Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (Indiana, Year 2, Research Study) 06/30/17 $66,105.00 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
Florida Philanthropic Network Inc. Florida Counts Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. “Texas Counts Pooled Fund” Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
One Arizona Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 10/15/18 $75,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 11/01/17 $80,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Campion Foundation Regional Homelessness Action Plan Communications 09/23/19 $80,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Fair Count Inc. Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $80,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 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
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving