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
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Pierce County Hub and Youth Program Quality Intervention 10/13/16 $110,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington King County Hub and Youth Program Quality Intervention 10/13/16 $114,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
RAND Corporation Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding - Inter- and Intra-Personal Measures Public Repository Expans 04/07/17 $120,000.00 Education
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Child) 11/09/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
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
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Adolescent) 11/03/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Initiative 10/26/16 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors Fund Inc 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
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/11/18 $150,000.00 Education
Social Justice Fund Northwest Core Operations & Giving Project Model Expansion 12/07/18 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America General Operations & National Stakeholder Convenings 12/05/17 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/15/16 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. General Operating Support 11/20/17 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network - Communications and Convenings (Year 1) (GIFT) 09/20/16 $200,000.00 Education
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 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
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 K-12 Policy Strategy and Implementation Support 06/01/17 $200,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/07/17 $210,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/05/18 $220,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational & Environmental Design Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/22/16 $225,000.00 Education
Institute For America's Future Inc. Promoting Academic Success and Belonging for All Students: Multi-Modal School District Approach 02/20/18 $234,618.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2016 - 2018 Advance Education Field Strategies to Maximize the ESSA to the Advancement of Learning Mindsets and Skills 11/02/16 $240,000.00 Education
Food Thrust 2027 "Sound Food Uprising” and “Pure Food Kids” Regional Health Outcomes Improvement Initiative 05/25/18 $250,000.00 Community Giving
Civic LLC No Unseen Students Campaign 12/19/16 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Innovation Grants to Prevent Youth from Exiting Public Systems into Homelessness 12/04/17 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families Expanded Learning Opportunities State Systems Support and Online Coaching 12/07/18 $250,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
Sevenzo Sevenzo’s “Belonging Challenge” 12/19/16 $295,963.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Community Engaged Learning Initiative (DCEL 2016-2017) 11/18/16 $300,000.00 Community Giving
Teachers College Columbia University The Hechinger Report - The Science and Cost of Learning 06/05/17 $300,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness