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
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 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
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 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
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 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
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/01/18 $629,188.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 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
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative Pooled Fund 06/09/20 $780,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Equity-focused Organizational Capacity Building 08/23/18 $46,750.00 Education
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 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
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Third Way Institute Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $29,100.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 03/25/20 $600,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
BARR Center General Operating Support 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Pooled Fund 12/15/17 $1,050,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education