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
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/07/18 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/01/17 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 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
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County “The Home Fund” - Pearl Jam’s Banding Together to Fight Homelessness Campaign in King County 07/01/18 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Home Base Young Adult Project 12/16/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
U-Power General Operating Support 12/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $800.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (Indiana, Year 2, Research Study) 06/30/17 $66,105.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 11/22/19 $61,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) Homeless Youth Coalition Proposal Development 05/22/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $1,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 02/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 09/25/18 $700,000.00 Youth 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