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
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2018) 09/12/16 $750,000.00 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
United Way Of Spokane County Spokane County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/13/16 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
United Way Of Spokane County Spokane County Hub and Youth Program Quality Intervention 10/13/16 $76,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
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 11/18/16 $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 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
Volunteers of America - Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Systems Mapping Workshop 10/27/17 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City Talk to Your Baby Campaign 12/09/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth & Family Services Inc. Technology Collaboration for Homeless Youth 10/13/16 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound Teen Center Renovation Capital Campaign 08/24/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Faces of Giving, Inc. The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color - Research and Report (Phase 1) 11/09/17 $165,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. The Build Initiative's "Building Washington State's Quality Improvement System Story” 11/13/18 $28,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Children and Youth Justice Center The Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Youth 08/01/17 $29,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education The Equity Lab Core Operations 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Teachers College Columbia University The Hechinger Report - The Science and Cost of Learning 06/05/17 $300,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’s “Youth Housing Stability (YHS) Model for Juvenile Court 12/13/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Rapid Results Institute Inc Three 100-Day Challenges in Washington State to Spur Innovation and Learning towards the Prevention and End of Youth Hom 02/24/17 $81,750.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Towards Core Outcome Measures for Youth Homelessness 12/01/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Conference 08/16/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Education Research Brief Development and Dissemination 12/01/18 $53,136.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 1) 12/09/16 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 2) 09/28/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/01/17 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/07/18 $2,400.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations 11/30/16 $20,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations and King County Local Community Coalition 11/01/17 $27,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Youth Network and Leadership Committee 11/14/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Trinity Presbyterian Church Youth Program Quality Pinnacle Award 10/14/16 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Communities In Schools of Spokane County Youth Program Quality Pinnacle Award 10/14/16 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
YouthCare Youth Program Quality Pinnacle Award 10/14/16 $500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities