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
Chapin Hall Center for Children General Operating Support 08/09/19 $1,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Volunteers of America - Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Systems Mapping Workshop 10/27/17 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2019) 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/07/17 $210,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce General Operating Support (Office of Homeless Youth) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’s “Youth Housing Stability (YHS) Model for Juvenile Court 12/13/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Ensuring Effective Implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act 10/23/18 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. Activating Uptake and Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Continuation 08/15/19 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Paving the Way Home: Advocating for Youth Exiting Public Systems of Care 12/15/16 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tacoma Community House 100-Day Challenge - Pierce County 06/30/17 $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
Spokane Housing Authority 100-Day Challenge - Spokane County 06/09/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Improving Under 18 Homeless Youth System Coordination – Lifting up Mainstream System Partners to End Youth Homelessness 08/24/18 $65,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth's "Youth Lead Project" 10/21/19 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Built for Zero Conference - Washington State Office of Homeless Youth Staff Participation 06/22/18 $2,300.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Washington SAJE Center Youth Homelessness, Juvenile Courts and Cross-System Collaboration: A Developmental Study 11/27/17 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 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