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
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 09/18/15 $115.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Funder Collaborative for Innovative Measurement 09/21/15 $105,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Designing for Learning Mindsets 09/23/15 $95,000.00 Education
Ikon Education Institute General Operating Support 10/08/15 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Metro Parks Tacoma Youth Program Quality Initiative Pinnacle Award 10/08/15 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 10/12/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio Youth Program Quality Initative Pinnacle Award 10/14/15 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Coyote Central Youth Program Quality Initiative Pinnacle Award 10/14/15 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Odyssey Youth Center Youth Program Quality Initiative Pinnacle Award 10/14/15 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
College Access Now Youth Program Quality Initiative Pinnacle Award 10/14/15 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Boys And Girls Clubs Of King County Youth Program Quality Initiative Pinnacle Award 10/14/15 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Microsoft Alumni Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/15 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Community Youth Services Independent Living Skills Program in Shelton, WA 10/15/15 $5,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations 10/27/15 $30,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Youth Program Quality Intiative 10/29/15 $65,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Mentoring Partnership Learning Mindset Kit for Mentors in partnership with CityYear and Stanford University's Project for Education that Scale 10/30/15 $144,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Leading For Impact 10/30/15 $500,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Project Oliver – Connecting Youth and Families to Social Services 10/30/15 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) Effective Philanthropy Lab 10/30/15 $595,375.00 IDPI 1
Washington State Charter Schools Association General Operating Support 10/30/15 $100,000.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Event) 11/02/15 $1,190.00 Community Giving
United Way Of Spokane County Youth Program Quality Initiative Spokane County Hub 11/11/15 $10,345.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 11/12/15 $25,000.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Event) 11/16/15 $310.00 Community Giving
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 11/18/15 $2,500.00 Education
Community Center For Education Results General Operating Support 11/19/15 $50,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Center for Quality Early Learning Research and Professional Development (CQEL) School-Age and Youth Pilot Support 11/23/15 $533,213.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Wellspring Family Services General Operating Support in honor of Ruthann Howell's 25 years of service 11/30/15 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 11/30/15 $1,000.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support 11/30/15 $2,300.00 Education
Character Lab, Inc. General Operating Support 11/30/15 $1,000.00 Education
Envision Education, Inc. General Operating Support 11/30/15 $25,000.00 Community Giving
KCTS 9 Public Television General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teen Feed General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 12/01/15 $250.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/15 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/15 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/03/15 $10,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Youth Program Quality Initiative State Lead Project 12/08/15 $351,110.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America – A National Movement to End Youth Homelessness 12/08/15 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 12/09/15 $700,000.00 Education
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. Member Survey and Analysis Project 12/09/15 $350,000.00 IDPI 1