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
Food Thrust 2027 "Sound Food Uprising” and “Pure Food Kids” Regional Health Outcomes Improvement Initiative 05/25/18 $250,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation *Need 2018 Phase 2 Approved* Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 08/03/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle *Pre-Approved - UWKC Fund* Host Homes for Homeless Young Adults 03/21/16 $260,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Independent Sector 2015 Annual Membership and General Operating Support 09/03/15 $8,000.00 Community Giving
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
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/27/17 $6,380.00 Community Giving
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
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/12/18 $6,380.00 Community Giving
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty 50-State Survey and Scorecard on Ending Youth Homelessness 08/29/17 $25,000.00 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 – A National Movement to End Youth Homelessness 12/08/15 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Initiative 10/26/16 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 08/04/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Adolescent) 11/03/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Child) 11/09/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
EducationCounsel LLC Advance Education Field Strategies to Maximize the ESSA to the Advancement of Learning Mindsets and Skills (Amended) 11/02/16 $240,000.00 Education
The Afterschool Alliance Advancing Afterschool as a Climate of Inclusion 03/17/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Social Emotional and Academic Development Commission & Change Agenda 12/10/15 $420,000.00 Education
Community Center For Education Results Back on Track Program Improvement Project 11/06/17 $323,000.00 Special Initiatives
Bishop Blanchet High School Brave Future Campaign 09/30/16 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Community Center For Education Results Building a Strong Re-engagement System to Improve Outcomes for Homeless and Opportunity Youth 09/01/15 $240,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Building a Strong Re-engagement System to Improve Outcomes for Homeless and Opportunity Youth 09/01/15 $656,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1 - 2) 08/08/16 $680,000.00 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
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Eduguide Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational & Environmental Design Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/22/16 $225,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education