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
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $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
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/12/16 $1,750.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/22/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/14/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/21/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Early Learning Fund General Operating Support (Event) 03/15/17 $90.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 12/02/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 09/22/16 $4,550.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 07/12/17 $1,750.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/03/17 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/16 $150.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 02/16/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/16/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 08/10/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Access Now General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 10/17/18 $250.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 01/25/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Midlands Mentoring Partnership General Operating Support (Event) 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 05/24/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 Community Giving