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 Date Amount Strategysort descending
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/22/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 08/07/15 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Bellevue Boys and Girls Club Capital and Sustaining Campaign Pledge 03/27/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Americas Foundation For Chess General Operating Support 08/13/15 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Envision Education, Inc. General Operating Support 01/13/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 06/03/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Oakland Unified School District General Operating Support 06/03/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/22/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 08/23/13 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/23/13 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support (WIN) 02/01/12 $7,200.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 01/01/09 $11,700.00 Community Giving
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
A PLUS Youth Program 2nd Annual Principles Gala 08/26/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2013 Annual Membership and General Operating Support 08/27/13 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Free The Children 2013 We Day Seattle 01/08/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program Annual support for the TeamMates Mentoring Program 07/09/13 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation Costco Scholarship Fund 09/22/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Innovations in Cardinal Service Communications 03/17/17 $17,000.00 Community Giving
YouthCare 1:1 Match from new, first-time donors, during December 2013 12/23/13 $7,500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/21/16 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 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
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School Annual general operating support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/10 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Young Womens Christian Association Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/05/13 $5,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County UWKC's Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation Nov 1 2013 Empower Youth Luncheon 10/01/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Microsoft Alumni Foundation General operating support 10/01/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Crosscut Public Media General operating support 09/25/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle University Seattle University Youth Initiative 05/20/11 $300,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Community Engaged Learning Initiative (DCEL 2016-2017) 11/18/16 $300,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation Support for Leadership 1000 Scholarship - Rigo Chavez 09/06/11 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Food for Health Center 09/14/16 $3,000,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Alliance For Education Black and Orange Masquerade Auction & Gala on Oct. 26, 2013 10/03/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support - D5 Coalition 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle A.K. Guy Award Luncheon on Oct 31, 2013 10/03/13 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teens In Public Service Annual gift in support of the 2013 Fall Fundraising Luncheon on Nov 7, 2013 10/07/13 $250.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving