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
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth's "Youth Lead Project" 10/21/19 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
Vietnamese Friendship Association for Greater Seattle Othering and Belonging Conference Participation 04/21/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Columbia Legal Services Paving the Way Home: Advocating for Youth Exiting Public Systems of Care 12/15/16 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Paving the Way Home: Advocating for Youth Exiting Public Systems of Care 12/15/16 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 12/28/16 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Foundation for Tacoma Students Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Plan to Develop a Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/07/18 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 09/11/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Presidential Scholarship Program 12/18/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Opportunity Schools Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
Institute For America's Future Inc. Promoting Academic Success and Belonging for All Students: Multi-Modal School District Approach 02/20/18 $234,618.00 Education
Treehouse Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) Homeless Youth Coalition Proposal Development 05/22/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 11/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 12/21/17 $4,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/17/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Campion Advocacy Fund Regional Homelessness Action Plan Communications 09/23/19 $80,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Report on the Correlation Between the Behavioral Health System and Youth Homelessness 12/07/17 $66,125.00 Youth Homelessness
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
Partners Asia Rohingya Refugees 11/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University of Washington SAJE Center Youth Homelessness, Juvenile Courts and Cross-System Collaboration: A Developmental Study 11/27/17 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2019) 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 Education
Sevenzo Sevenzo’s “Belonging Challenge” 12/19/16 $295,963.00 Education
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Speaker Sponsorship featuring Ibram Kendi 01/12/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 09/11/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Project for Education Research that Scales Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting 02/08/19 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Project Management (Phase 1) 10/25/18 $25,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives