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 Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 09/11/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners International Re-imagine Initiative 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 11/30/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Foundation for Tacoma Students Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University of Washington Presidential Scholarship Program 12/18/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/07/18 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
National Center for Family Philanthropy 2019 and 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/29/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 09/24/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/09/19 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth “Education Leads Home” SXSW EDU Conference Campaign Launch 12/21/17 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 05/04/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/24/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities General Operating Support 12/01/17 $13,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance For Education Alliance for Education/African American Male Achievement Program Seattle Public School Partnership 12/18/18 $14,500.00 Community Giving
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education 10/19/18 $15,000.00 Education
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 DEI
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
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support and Annual Membership 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2018 Summit on Improvement in Education 11/10/17 $15,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest 2020 Annual Membership and Support 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
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
Boys and Girls Club of America (South Puget Sound) Teen Center Renovation Capital Campaign 08/24/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 02/16/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving