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
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 01/22/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/18 $35,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 10/19/18 $500.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 12/14/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 10/15/18 $75,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Boys and Girls Club of America (Atlanta) General Operating Support 11/02/18 $40,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Center for Effective Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/10/18 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Clemson University (Academic Success Center) General Operating Support 06/29/18 $860.00 Education
Catalist Women General Operating Support 08/05/19 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Family Law CASA of King County General Operating Support 08/17/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 09/14/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa General Operating Support 11/08/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/05/18 $220,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Pushing Boundaries General Operating Support 11/02/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Association for Infant Mental Health General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
U-Power General Operating Support 12/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Chief Seattle Club General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 02/19/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 04/05/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education