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
University Of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Food for Health Center 09/14/16 $3,000,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 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
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1-3) 10/31/16 $1,497,200.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 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
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
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa General Operating Support 08/31/17 $1,000,000.00 Community Giving
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 Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2018) 09/12/16 $750,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity 08/16/18 $700,000.00 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
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $629,188.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation School Age and Youth Development Quality Programming 12/09/16 $578,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative (Cultivate Learning) 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
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
University Of Washington Foundation Computer Science and Engineering Building Capital Campaign 03/08/17 $500,000.00 Community Giving
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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
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
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
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
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
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
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative - Sparkwind Pilot Extension and Hub Infrastructure 10/04/17 $410,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 08/02/17 $400,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/27/16 $400,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
Georgetown University Education Focused Financial Transparency Working Group (FiTWiG) 05/11/17 $400,000.00 Education
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Systems Building 11/30/16 $350,000.00 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
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/19/16 $328,410.00 Education
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
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