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
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
College Access Now Fund the Gap Campaign 09/29/17 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/22/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education The Equity Lab Core Operations 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/21/20 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 09/20/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 04/05/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/03/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Toolkit 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Appleseed Foster Care to Prison Coalition 01/26/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia Rohingya Refugees 11/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation Costco Scholarship Fund 09/22/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 01/22/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 07/17/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable General Operating Support and Annual Membership 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 02/16/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Kenmore Elementary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building 12/18/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 02/16/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Food Thrust 2027 "Sound Food Uprising” and “Pure Food Kids” Regional Health Outcomes Improvement Initiative 05/25/18 $250,000.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Alliance For Education Alliance for Education/African American Male Achievement Program Seattle Public School Partnership 12/18/18 $14,500.00 Community Giving
Code Org Nebraska Summer Teacher Professional Development Training Program 05/18/18 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Pushing Boundaries General Operating Support 11/02/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving