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
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (Department of Anthropology) 09/20/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Speaker Sponsorship featuring Ibram Kendi 01/12/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 09/11/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Early Learning Fund General Operating Support (Event) 03/15/17 $90.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI - 2019
University of Washington Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (UW, Year 2, Research Study) 06/05/17 $333,895.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
New Schools Fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study 03/21/17 $65,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 05/05/17 $25,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 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
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 K-12 Policy Strategy and Implementation Support 06/01/17 $200,000.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 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
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 06/22/17 $50,000.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/17 $1,450.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/01/18 $629,188.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/11/18 $150,000.00 Education
Center on Budget Policy and Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity 08/16/18 $700,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/17 $1,450.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Equity-focused Organizational Capacity Building 08/23/18 $46,750.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes "Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents" Convenings 02/23/18 $18,200.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education