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
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington General Operations 11/26/19 $355,000.00 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
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 04/20/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle Accelerator YMCA “Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee” 12/11/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Child Protection Center Inc Access to Cloud Security and Management of Child Forensic Interviews 10/31/18 $9,874.00 Community Giving
Family Support Line Delaware County Inc. Access to Cloud Security and Management of Child Forensic Interviews 11/02/18 $6,714.00 Community Giving
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. Activating Uptake and Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Continuation 08/15/19 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance For Education Alliance for Education/African American Male Achievement Program Seattle Public School Partnership 12/18/18 $14,500.00 Community Giving
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Washington State Department of Commerce Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $6,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund Operating Support 07/10/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund Operating Support 07/10/20 $50,000.00 DEI
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network (Year 4) – Placed Based District Network 10/17/19 $400,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) 10/24/19 $639,438.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/09/18 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/01/18 $629,188.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 08/03/18 $2,235.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 12/18/19 $500.00 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
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Cardinal Service Website and Communications Platform Improvements 09/24/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 SIE 3: Impact Investment
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
GreatNonprofits Census 2020 Operating and Programming 02/01/20 $50,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Fair Count Inc. Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $80,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
One Arizona Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement