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
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/22/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 08/10/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/27/17 $6,380.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI - 2019
Equal Opportunity Schools Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 07/27/18 $9,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Pooled Fund 12/15/17 $1,035,000.00 Education
San Francisco State University Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Annual Membership 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Collaborating Districts Initiative: Network of Equity Districts (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $1,500,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Inter-and Intra-Personal Developmental Assessment 04/07/17 $80,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network (Year 4) – Placed Based District Network 10/17/19 $400,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 12/01/17 $650.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/21/17 $10,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Plan to Develop a Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 07/28/17 $9,320.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. 2018 Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education 10/19/18 $15,000.00 Education