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
Candid IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Distribution of the "Value of Collaboration Research Study" for the Philanthropic Field 10/31/18 $15,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
National Center for Family Philanthropy 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Faces of Giving, Inc. The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color - Research and Report (Phase 1) 11/09/17 $165,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Center for Effective Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/10/18 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Local Community Coalition for Pierce County 11/01/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Foundation for Tacoma Students Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative (Cultivate Learning) 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations and King County Local Community Coalition 11/01/17 $27,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network for Quality Initiative 11/28/17 $190,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/18 $35,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 10/15/18 $75,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families Expanded Learning Opportunities State Systems Support and Online Coaching 12/07/18 $250,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative - Sparkwind Pilot Extension and Hub Infrastructure 10/04/17 $410,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Third Sector New England Inc. The Build Initiative's "Building Washington State's Quality Improvement System Story” 11/13/18 $28,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $6,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $50,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Boys and Girls Club of America (Atlanta) General Operating Support 11/02/18 $40,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Membership and Support 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Project for Education Research that Scales Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/01/18 $629,188.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Equity-focused Organizational Capacity Building 08/23/18 $46,750.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education