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
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/16/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 02/19/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 09/11/19 $2,400.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 05/04/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/24/19 $2,500.00 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
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 10/17/18 $250.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 09/11/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Microsoft Alumni Community Fund 12/22/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
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
Family Law CASA of King County General Operating Support 08/17/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 10/19/18 $500.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 10/27/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/22/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 09/11/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Access Now General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support and Annual Membership 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/07/18 $2,400.00 Community Giving
College Access Now Fund the Gap Campaign 09/29/17 $50,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (Department of Anthropology) 09/20/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/25/19 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 Community Giving
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Institute For America's Future Inc. General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving