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
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 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
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Innovation Grants to Prevent Youth from Exiting Public Systems into Homelessness 12/04/17 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Youth Collaborator 11/28/18 $300,000.00 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
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year One) 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness
Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth & Family Services Inc. Technology Collaboration for Homeless Youth 10/13/16 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 11/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Youth Network and Leadership Committee 11/14/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Membership 09/22/16 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Towards Core Outcome Measures for Youth Homelessness 12/01/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 1) 12/09/16 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2018) 09/12/16 $750,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Report on the Correlation Between the Behavioral Health System and Youth Homelessness 12/07/17 $66,125.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/05/18 $220,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Institute for Community Research Inc. Introduce System Dynamics Modeling to Key YH Stakeholders in WA State 11/10/17 $6,200.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Communities” Initiative to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Civic LLC No Unseen Students Campaign 12/19/16 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/15/16 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Education Research Brief Development and Dissemination 12/01/18 $53,136.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Homeless Youth Legal Network, Publication and Convening 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Legal Services Partnership for Youth 12/04/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 2) 09/28/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 2018 Conference on Ending Homelessness 03/09/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Launch of a State Leadership Table on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/20/18 $20,515.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors Fund Inc Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 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
Building Changes Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County 2017 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game and Efforts to Reduce Youth Homelessness in King County 03/17/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Volunteers of America - Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Systems Mapping Workshop 10/27/17 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/07/17 $210,000.00 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
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 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
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support (Schoolhouse Washington) 08/09/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children General Operating Support 08/09/19 $1,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce General Operating Support (Office of Homeless Youth) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Prosecuting Attorney King County Juvenile Court Strategic Planning Retreat 11/03/17 $5,500.00 Youth Homelessness