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
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. Activating Uptake and Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Continuation 08/15/19 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance For Education Alliance for Education/African American Male Achievement Program Seattle Public School Partnership 12/18/18 $14,500.00 Community Giving
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2018) 11/16/18 $5,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2019 and 2020) 06/29/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2019) 01/25/19 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2019) 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2019) 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2019) 05/24/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2019) 08/09/19 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2019) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2020) 02/21/20 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2020) 06/05/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2020) 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2020) 10/23/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2020) 11/18/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2021) 03/12/21 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2021) 02/17/21 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $2,200.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2021) 06/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2021) 07/22/21 $18,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE - AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
National Equity Project BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE - Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Digital Promise Global BELE - Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Highlander Research & Education Center Inc. Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) General Operating Support 08/26/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
Tides Center Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4, Part 2) 10/24/19 $188,070.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 12/18/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Cardinal Service Website and Communications Platform Improvements 09/24/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education