our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. 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 Datesort descending Amount Strategy
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund Summit Sponsorship $25,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning General Operating Support $1,105.00 Education
Heritage University Support for the expansion of the Honor's Program 07/01/08 $300,000.00 Special Initiatives
University Of Nebraska Foundation Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science 12/19/08 $10,000,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 01/01/09 $11,700.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School Annual general operating support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School Annual general operating support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School Annual general operating support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University "Narrowing the Achievement Gap" Research Study (Superintervention) 05/01/11 $1,337,280.00 Education
Seattle University Seattle University Youth Initiative 05/20/11 $300,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Center for Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity, Service Learning Coordinator 08/01/11 $514,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation Support for Leadership 1000 Scholarship - Rigo Chavez 09/06/11 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Wellspring Family Services General Operations 09/22/11 $30,000.00 Community Giving
Tacoma Public Schools Elementary to Middle School Transition Project 12/13/11 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives
Nebraska Children And Families Foundation Sixpence Early Learning Fund 12/20/11 $250,000.00 Community Giving
University of Texas at Austin Advisory Academic Youth Development (AYD) (Dana Center) 01/03/12 $555,774.00 Education
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support (WIN) 02/01/12 $7,200.00 Community Giving
Editorial Projects In Education Inc Sponsored Coverage of Student Motivation and Engagement 07/11/12 $225,000.00 Education
United Way Of King County Safety Net Support 08/01/12 $250,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County Efforts to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County 08/15/12 $1,250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The University of Chicago Eighth and Ninth Grades Teacher Network in Chicago Public Schools 10/04/12 $799,738.00 Education
Building Changes Efforts to Support the Youth and Young Adult Funders Group to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in King County 10/08/12 $181,855.00 Youth Homelessness
Holy Names Academy Raikes Scholars Scholarship Fund 12/05/12 $500,000.00 Special Initiatives
The University of Chicago Survey Development Project: What Matters for Learning (Phase 1) 12/12/12 $241,505.00 Education
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation YPQI Pierce County Hub 12/12/12 $125,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Washington State Mentors Academic Success Pilot 12/12/12 $60,000.00 Education
Spokane Public Schools Elementary to Middle School Transition 12/14/12 $150,000.00 Education
Community Center For Education Results General Operating Support 12/18/12 $50,000.00 Opportunity Youth - 2016
Free The Children 2013 We Day Seattle 01/08/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2013 Annual Membership and Support 01/22/13 $8,240.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2013 National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Breakfast 02/07/13 $600.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County 2013 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game 02/12/13 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2013 Annual Membership 02/15/13 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare YouthCare's 28th Annual Luncheon 02/26/13 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 03/01/13 $25,000.00 Education
Friends Of Youth 2013 Celebration of Youth Luncheon 03/01/13 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2013 Annual Membership and Support 03/01/13 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Refugee Women's Alliance YPQ Sustainability 03/01/13 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
United Way Of Spokane County YPQI Spokane County Hub 03/04/13 $100,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship NFTE's 2013 Silver Anniversary Gala 03/18/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Bellevue Boys and Girls Club Capital and Sustaining Campaign Pledge 03/27/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Solid Ground Washington Annual Gifts 04/05/13 $500.00 Community Giving
Young Womens Christian Association Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/05/13 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars Support for the Rainier Scholars Luncheon 04/17/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County United Way Annual Breakfast 04/22/13 $125.00 Community Giving
Stand For Children Leadership Center 7400 - Annual Gift - Support for 2013 Luncheon 04/26/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood House Incorporated Contribution to the Breakfast Event 05/02/13 $500.00 Community Giving
Washington State University Foundation Support for the Wine Science Center Facility at WSU Tri-Cities 05/10/13 $5,000.00 Community Giving