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
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High 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
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2018 Annual Membership and Support 03/16/18 $2,500.00 Education
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Equity Project General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Mockingbird Society Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting 02/08/19 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Foundations for Employment and Housing Membership 11/17/17 $3,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Membership and Support 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 12/21/17 $4,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/27/17 $4,000.00 Education
Building Changes Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 02/19/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/03/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, Inc General Operating Support (Primary Children's Hospital) 02/21/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Pride Foundation "Home is Where the Heart is Fund" supporting LGBTQ Youth and their Families in Rural and Remote Communities 08/10/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Toolkit 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 07/17/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Kenmore Elementary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building 12/18/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 2018 Conference on Ending Homelessness 03/09/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 03/30/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 08/04/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 05/24/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 04/20/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness