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 Community Engaged Learning Initiative (DCEL 2017-2018) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Community Giving
Family Law CASA of King County General Operating Support 08/17/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/25/19 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Speaker Sponsorship featuring Ibram Kendi 01/12/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Early Learning Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Staffing Support for the Transition Team 01/29/18 $160,000.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 01/24/20 $2,500.00 DEI
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI - 2019
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018 - 2019 K-12 Education Research, Practice and Policy Implementation Field Support 06/28/18 $180,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2018 Summit on Improvement in Education 11/10/17 $15,000.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Inter-and Intra-Personal Developmental Assessment 04/07/17 $80,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Project Management (Phase 1) 10/25/18 $25,000.00 Education
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes "Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents" Convenings 02/23/18 $18,200.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2018 Annual Membership and Support 03/16/18 $2,500.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (Indiana, Year 2, Research Study) 06/30/17 $66,105.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 12/01/17 $650.00 Education
University of Washington Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (UW, Year 2, Research Study) 06/05/17 $333,895.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
New Schools Fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study 03/21/17 $65,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 05/05/17 $25,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 K-12 Policy Strategy and Implementation Support 06/01/17 $200,000.00 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