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
Washington Early Learning Fund General Operating Support (Event) 03/15/17 $90.00 Community Giving
Network for Good Inc. General Operating Support 01/04/17 $100.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/16 $150.00 Community Giving
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization General Operating Support 12/01/17 $200.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 10/17/18 $250.00 Community Giving
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/14/16 $300.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 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
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 08/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Communities In Schools of Spokane County Youth Program Quality Pinnacle Award 10/14/16 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Trinity Presbyterian Church Youth Program Quality Pinnacle Award 10/14/16 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/10/17 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/23/17 $500.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Soulumination General Operating Support 10/19/18 $500.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support (Schoolhouse Washington) 08/09/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Youth Program Quality Pinnacle Award 10/14/16 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Volunteers of America - Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Systems Mapping Workshop 10/27/17 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 12/01/17 $650.00 Education
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Project for Education Research that Scales Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce General Operating Support (Office of Homeless Youth) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/06 $760.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $800.00 Community Giving
Clemson University (Academic Success Center) General Operating Support 06/29/18 $860.00 Education
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/02/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
GuideStar USA Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $1,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $1,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition Mason County HOST Site Visit Honorarium 07/12/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Creative Visions Foundation General Operating Support - Yellowbone Project 09/30/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City Talk to Your Baby Campaign 12/09/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving