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
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 K-12 Policy Strategy and Implementation Support 06/01/17 $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
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/15/16 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. JustFund General Operating Support 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
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 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 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
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
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
Civic LLC No Unseen Students Campaign 12/19/16 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
Food Thrust 2027 "Sound Food Uprising” and “Pure Food Kids” Regional Health Outcomes Improvement Initiative 05/25/18 $250,000.00 Community Giving
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 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
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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Community Engaged Learning Initiative (DCEL 2017-2018) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
Community Center For Education Results "Back on Track" Program Improvement Project for Opportunity Youth 11/06/17 $323,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home - Nat'l Student Homelessness Campaign and Building Equity Capacity for Leadership and Staff 12/05/18 $325,000.00 Youth Homelessness
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University of Washington Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (UW, Year 2, Research Study) 06/05/17 $333,895.00 Education
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 08/02/17 $400,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2019) 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Georgetown University Education Focused Financial Transparency Working Group (FiTWiG) 05/11/17 $400,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’s “Youth Housing Stability (YHS) Model for Juvenile Court 12/13/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network (Year 4) – Placed Based District Network 10/17/19 $400,000.00 Education
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
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
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
University Of Washington Foundation Computer Science and Engineering Building Capital Campaign 03/08/17 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $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
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education