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 Program
OneAmerica General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Association for Infant Mental Health General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 08/27/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
Casa Latina General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teach for America (Washington Region) General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Clemency Project Formerly Homeless or Foster Youth Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Treehouse Foster Care to Prison Pipeline Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support 09/14/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Domestic Workers Alliance General Operating Support 03/31/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (Department of Anthropology) 09/20/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
BARR Center General Operating Support (BELE Network) 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2019) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
YouthCare 35th Annual Virtual Luncheon 10/09/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2020) 11/18/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $2,200.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2018) 12/07/18 $2,400.00 Community Giving
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2020) 11/18/20 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2019) 09/11/19 $2,400.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 12/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2019) 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation 2020 Community Annual Forum: Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing 01/24/20 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives