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
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
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 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
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
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $6,000.00 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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 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
University Beyond Bars Foster Care to Prison Coalition 01/22/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Food for Health Center 09/14/16 $3,000,000.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 01/22/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support - D5 Coalition 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
American Council on Germany General Operating Support 12/22/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support (WIN) 01/15/16 $2,400.00 Community Giving
JDRF International General Operating Support 12/31/15 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Center For Gun Responsibility General Operating Support 04/27/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City Talk to You Baby Campaign 12/09/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/04/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/22/16 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Harmony Hill Of Union General Operating Support 05/03/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Event) 11/16/15 $310.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center General Operating Support (Event) 06/23/17 $500.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 06/15/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 07/12/17 $1,750.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/14/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/21/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving