our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. 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 Requestssort descending Award Date Amount Strategy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University "Mindsets Collaborative: An Interdisciplinary Research Network on Student Agency in Education" facilitated by Stanford's 12/13/13 $500,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University "Narrowing the Achievement Gap" Research Study (Superintervention) 05/01/11 $1,337,280.00 Education
YouthCare 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/23/17 $19,415.00 Youth Homelessness
Nexus Youth and Families 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/19/17 $5,585.00 Youth Homelessness
Tacoma Community House 100-Day Challenge - Pierce County 06/30/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Spokane Housing Authority 100-Day Challenge - Spokane County 06/09/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare 1:1 Match from new, first-time donors, during December 2013 12/23/13 $7,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare 1:1 Match from new, first-time donors, during December 2014 12/23/14 $7,500.00 Community Giving
Nexus Youth and Families 1:1 Match from new, first-time donors, during December 2014 01/23/15 $7,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society 2013 7th Annual Benefit Luncheon 08/16/13 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2013 Annual Membership 02/15/13 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Independent Sector 2013 Annual Membership and General Operating Support 08/27/13 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2013 Annual Membership and Support 01/22/13 $8,240.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2013 Annual Membership and Support 03/01/13 $2,500.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington 2013 Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference 08/02/13 $30,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Friends Of Youth 2013 Celebration of Youth Luncheon 03/01/13 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2013 National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Breakfast 02/07/13 $600.00 Community Giving
City of Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services 2013 Pinnacle Award 10/14/13 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Bike Works Seattle 2013 Pinnacle Award 10/14/13 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Young Mens Christian Association Of The Inland Northwest Endowment 2013 Pinnacle Award 10/14/13 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Pierce County A I D S Foundation 2013 Pinnacle Award Winner 10/01/13 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Free The Children 2013 We Day Seattle 01/08/13 $10,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County 2013 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game 02/12/13 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education 2014 Annual Membership and Support 01/16/14 $1,750.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2014 Annual Membership and Support 01/16/14 $8,420.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle 2014 Annual Campaign 01/17/14 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2014 Annual Membership 07/11/14 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Independent Sector 2014 Annual Membership and General Operating Support 07/11/14 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Safe Streets 2014 Pinnacle Award Winner 10/21/14 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Free The Children 2014 We Day Seattle 01/28/14 $20,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County 2014 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game 05/07/14 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Art Museum 2014 YPQI Pinnacle Award 10/21/14 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Corporation Of Gonzaga University 2014 YPQI Pinnacle Award 10/22/14 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington 2015 Annual Bridge from Afterschool and Back Conference 06/02/15 $30,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Independent Sector 2015 Annual Membership and General Operating Support 09/03/15 $8,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2015 Annual Membership and Support 01/30/15 $9,530.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2015 Annual Membership and Support 01/30/15 $1,750.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2015 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/30/15 $3,050.00 Community Giving
Free The Children 2015 We Day Seattle 02/03/15 $20,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County 2015 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game 04/28/15 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education 2016 Annual Conference Sponsorship 07/29/16 $10,000.00 Education
Independent Sector 2016 Annual Membership and General Operating Support 10/14/16 $9,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2016 Annual Membership and Support 01/13/16 $12,905.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2016 Annual Membership and Support 03/28/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2016 Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education 09/01/15 $1,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2016 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/13/16 $6,380.00 Community Giving
National Summer Learning Assoc Inc 2016 National Summer Learning Conference 06/17/16 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Forum For Youth Investment 2016 Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment Extended Data Analysis with Seattle Public Schools 12/08/16 $21,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Free The Children 2016 We Day Seattle 12/31/15 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2017 Annual Membership and Support 02/10/17 $14,305.00 Community Giving