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
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative - Sparkwind Pilot Extension and Hub Infrastructure 10/04/17 $410,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/09/18 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation Computer Science and Engineering Building Capital Campaign 03/08/17 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
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
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative (Cultivate Learning) 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation School Age and Youth Development Quality Programming 12/09/16 $578,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $629,188.00 Education
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 09/25/18 $700,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity 08/16/18 $700,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa General Operating Support 08/31/17 $1,000,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Roses in Concrete Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/24/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) (formerly Effective Philanthropy Lab) 12/07/16 $1,125,780.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1-3) 10/31/16 $1,497,200.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
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
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education