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
Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families Expanded Learning Opportunities State Systems Support and Online Coaching 12/07/18 $250,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Third Sector New England Inc. The Build Initiative's "Building Washington State's Quality Improvement System Story” 11/13/18 $28,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/17/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $6,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Boys and Girls Club of America (Atlanta) General Operating Support 11/02/18 $40,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation School Age and Youth Development Quality Programming 12/09/16 $578,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Center for Effective Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/10/18 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Distribution of the "Value of Collaboration Research Study" for the Philanthropic Field 10/31/18 $15,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Catalist Women General Operating Support 08/05/19 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Grand Valley State University Donor Journeys Initiative Sponsorship 04/05/19 $10,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Candid IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 08/02/17 $400,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
GlobalGiving General Operating Support 08/15/17 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest Core Operations & Giving Project Model Expansion 12/07/18 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. JustFund General Operating Support 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Faces of Giving, Inc. The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color - Research and Report (Phase 1) 11/09/17 $165,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Campion Advocacy Fund Regional Homelessness Action Plan Communications 09/23/19 $80,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Community Center For Education Results Improvement Design Intensive Participation 05/04/18 $7,500.00 Special Initiatives
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
King County Department of Community and Human Services Employment and Education Resources "Latinx Youth Reengagement Project" 11/26/18 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results "Back on Track" Program Improvement Project for Opportunity Youth 11/06/17 $323,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty 50-State Survey and Scorecard on Ending Youth Homelessness 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home - Nat'l Student Homelessness Campaign and Building Equity Capacity for Leadership and Staff 12/05/18 $325,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change (Phase II) 11/01/17 $80,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America General Operations & National Stakeholder Convenings 12/05/17 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 09/25/18 $700,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Prosecuting Attorney King County Juvenile Court Strategic Planning Retreat 11/03/17 $5,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 05/17/19 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tacoma Community House 100-Day Challenge - Pierce County 06/30/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness