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
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
BARR Center General Operating Support 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Covid-19 Resilience Fund 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
InvestED Covid-19 Student Fund 04/03/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Service Fund Housing Connector 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Membership and Support 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/01/20 $125.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Covid-19 Focus Group Youth Stipends 05/01/20 $250.00 Youth Homelessness
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 SIE 3: Impact Investment
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 05/21/20 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest 2020 Annual Membership and Support 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Donors of Color Action Inc. General Operating Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem (N40 FUNDED)
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 06/05/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 06/05/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 06/05/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative Pooled Fund 06/09/20 $780,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Food Fund 06/19/20 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Housing Development Consortium General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 06/29/20 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Family Philanthropy 2019 and 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/29/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/30/20 $500.00 Community Giving
Mitchell Kapor Foundation The Race Card Project General Operating Support 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Leadership (N40 Funded)