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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 Community Giving
Midlands Mentoring Partnership General Operating Support (Event) 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Institute For America's Future Inc. General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/01/17 $2,400.00 Community Giving
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition Mason County HOST Site Visit Honorarium 07/12/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 02/19/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Access Now General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 04/20/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education The Equity Lab Core Operations 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
FrameWorks Institute General Operating Support 01/27/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 04/05/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/27/17 $6,380.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 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
Philanthropy Roundtable General Operating Support and Annual Membership 10/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 02/10/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Microsoft Alumni Community Fund 12/22/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (South Puget Sound) Teen Center Renovation Capital Campaign 08/24/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa General Operating Support 08/31/17 $1,000,000.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 08/04/17 $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