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
International Center for Journalists Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling 02/02/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 07/12/17 $1,750.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/22/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
The Afterschool Alliance Advancing Afterschool as a Climate of Inclusion 03/17/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 12/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation Costco Scholarship Fund 09/22/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 02/10/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 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
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Project for Education that Scales 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $629,188.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education 10/19/18 $15,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (Indiana, Year 2, Research Study) 06/30/17 $66,105.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Equity-focused Organizational Capacity Building 08/23/18 $46,750.00 Education
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund General Operating Support (Office of African American Male Achievement) 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/19/16 $328,410.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/12/17 $3,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/14/16 $300.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/16/17 $3,000.00 Education