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
Highline Public Schools General Operating Support - Highline High School 02/17/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/12/18 $6,380.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Education Access General Operating Support 02/16/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2016 Annual Membership and Support 03/28/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 12/01/15 $250.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support - YouthSource 02/16/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation I-Labs Brain Studio 06/17/16 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse General Operating Support 02/25/16 $500.00 Community Giving
First Place for Youth General Operating Support 06/03/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation General Operating Support 06/03/16 $500.00 Community Giving
American Council on Germany General Operating Support 12/22/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Interagency Academy General Operating Support 03/08/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa General Operating Support 08/31/17 $1,000,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/22/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle Opportunities for All Campaign 12/22/15 $500,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/02/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Microsoft Alumni Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/15 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City Talk to You Baby Campaign 12/09/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Glover EmpowerMentoring General Operating Support 02/17/16 $500.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 08/04/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle Jr Golf Foundation General Operating Support 12/23/15 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Community Youth Services Independent Living Skills Program in Shelton, WA 10/15/15 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound Teen Center Renovation Capital Campaign 08/24/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Teen Feed General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/22/16 $20,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Pride Foundation "Home is Where the Heart is Fund" supporting LGBTQ Youth and their Families in Rural and Remote Communities 08/10/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
KCTS 9 Public Television General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Global Citizen Year Incorporated Catalyst Fund Investment 12/10/15 $300,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/21/16 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 06/03/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/12/16 $1,750.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Oakland Unified School District General Operating Support 06/03/16 $500.00 Community Giving
Family Law CASA of King County General Operating Support 08/17/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/15 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State Charter Schools Association General Operating Support 10/30/15 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $800.00 Community Giving