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
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
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
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 Equity Development and Capacity Building 09/01/17 $25,000.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/27/17 $4,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities General Operating Support 12/01/17 $13,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
Center on Budget Policy and Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Membership and Support 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/12/17 $3,000.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/16/17 $3,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/21/17 $10,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Project for Education Research that Scales Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education