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
Cascade Public Media General Operating Support (KCTS 9) 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Oakland Public Education Fund General Operating Support (Office of African American Male Achievement) 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce General Operating Support (Office of Homeless Youth) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support (Schoolhouse Washington) 08/09/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Washington State University General Operating Support - Child and Family Research Unit 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support - D5 Coalition 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Project for Education that Scales 09/30/16 $2,800.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Project for Education that Scales 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Creative Visions Foundation General Operating Support - Yellowbone Project 09/30/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Membership 09/22/16 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Membership 09/07/18 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/22/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/24/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/02/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 07/17/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 11/30/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Legal Corps Planning Grant 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Behavioral Ideas Lab, Inc. Impact-Giving Self-Assessment Tool 11/15/17 $65,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Community Center For Education Results Improvement Design Intensive Participation 05/04/18 $7,500.00 Special Initiatives
Learning Policy Institute Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Improving Under 18 Homeless Youth System Coordination – Lifting up Mainstream System Partners to End Youth Homelessness 08/24/18 $65,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Innovations in Cardinal Service Communications 03/17/17 $17,000.00 Community Giving
Institute for Community Research Inc. Introduce System Dynamics Modeling to Key YH Stakeholders in WA State 11/10/17 $6,200.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund Issue Brief: Are Measures of Social and Emotional Learning Appropriate for Use in Teacher and School Evaluation? 10/19/16 $54,000.00 Education
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
King County Department of Community and Human Services King County All Home’s “Campaign to End Youth Homelessness Now” 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness