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
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects-Inter/Intra-Personal Competencies Framework Taxonomy 05/02/17 $55,000.00 Education
National Network for Youth Inc. Ensuring Effective Implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act 10/23/18 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Schools Fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study 03/21/17 $65,000.00 Education
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
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 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
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. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change (Phase II) 11/01/17 $80,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Inter-and Intra-Personal Developmental Assessment 04/07/17 $80,000.00 Education
Campion Advocacy Fund Regional Homelessness Action Plan Communications 09/23/19 $80,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Rapid Results Institute Inc Three 100-Day Challenges in Washington State to Spur Innovation and Learning towards the Prevention and End of Youth Hom 02/24/17 $81,750.00 Youth Homelessness
Center for Effective Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/10/18 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
United Way Of King County 2017 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game and Efforts to Reduce Youth Homelessness in King County 03/17/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Catalist Women General Operating Support 08/05/19 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Chapin Hall Center for Children Towards Core Outcome Measures for Youth Homelessness 12/01/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year One) 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness
RAND Corporation Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding - Inter- and Intra-Personal Measures Public Repository Expans 04/07/17 $120,000.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Capacity Building and Expansion Support to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Washington State 03/01/19 $125,000.00 Youth Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI - 2019
Social Justice Fund Northwest Core Operations & Giving Project Model Expansion 12/07/18 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/11/18 $150,000.00 Education
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Communities” Initiative to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America General Operations & National Stakeholder Convenings 12/05/17 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Early Learning Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Staffing Support for the Transition Team 01/29/18 $160,000.00 Community Giving
Chapin Hall Center for Children “Upstream Seattle” First Year Pre-Implementation (Phase 1) 12/12/18 $163,643.00 Youth Homelessness
Faces of Giving, Inc. The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color - Research and Report (Phase 1) 11/09/17 $165,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018 - 2019 K-12 Education Research, Practice and Policy Implementation Field Support 06/28/18 $180,000.00 Education
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network for Quality Initiative 11/28/17 $190,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
EducationCounsel LLC 2018-2019 Post-Secondary Field Development 01/19/18 $193,750.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. General Operating Support 11/20/17 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 Education