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
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 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
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity 08/16/18 $700,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
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
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
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Project for Education that Scales 09/30/16 $2,800.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 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
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund General Operating Support (Office of African American Male Achievement) 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
Clemson University (Academic Success Center) General Operating Support 06/29/18 $860.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/21/17 $10,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1-3) 10/31/16 $1,497,200.00 Education
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
CORE Districts General Operating Support 08/19/16 $210.00 Education
League of Education Voters Foundation Fair Student Funding Site Visits 09/30/16 $20,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/19/16 $328,410.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 07/27/18 $9,000.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 07/28/17 $9,320.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/14/16 $300.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/27/16 $400,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 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
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $49,500.00 Education
Center for American Progress Learning Mindsets and Skills Policy Brief 09/28/16 $75,000.00 Education
Georgetown University Education Focused Financial Transparency Working Group (FiTWiG) 05/11/17 $400,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2017 Summit on Improvement in Education 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
RAND Corporation Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding - Inter- and Intra-Personal Measures Public Repository Expans 04/07/17 $120,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2016 - 2018 Advance Education Field Strategies to Maximize the ESSA to the Advancement of Learning Mindsets and Skills 11/02/16 $240,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education