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 Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Microsoft Alumni Community Fund 12/22/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition Mason County HOST Site Visit Honorarium 07/12/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Local Community Coalition for Pierce County 11/01/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Legal Services Partnership for Youth 12/04/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes "Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents" Convenings 02/23/18 $18,200.00 Education
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Third Sector New England Inc. Launch of a State Leadership Table on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/20/18 $20,515.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
King County Prosecuting Attorney King County Juvenile Court Strategic Planning Retreat 11/03/17 $5,500.00 Youth Homelessness
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
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
Institute for Community Research Inc. Introduce System Dynamics Modeling to Key YH Stakeholders in WA State 11/10/17 $6,200.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Innovations in Cardinal Service Communications 03/17/17 $17,000.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 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 Improving the Capacity of States to Support More Equitable School Resourcing Strategies 04/07/17 $600,000.00 Education
Community Center For Education Results Improvement Design Intensive Participation 05/04/18 $7,500.00 Special Initiatives
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Candid IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
YMCA of Greater Seattle Host Homes Program Expansion for Minors in King County (Former Partner Grant 16-00564) 11/02/18 $175,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Legal Corps Planning Grant 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Home Base Young Adult Project 12/16/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 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
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 09/11/19 $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
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
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