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
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty 50-State Survey and Scorecard on Ending Youth Homelessness 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
National Network for Youth Inc. Ensuring Effective Implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act 10/23/18 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
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
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group 2020 Conference 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support and Annual Membership 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
New Venture Fund Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund (PIT-UN) 11/01/19 $590,000.00 SIE 1: Public Interest Technology
New Venture Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives - BLM Fund
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 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
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 Community Giving
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 01/24/20 $2,500.00 DEI
One Arizona Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia Rohingya Refugees 11/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 CHANGE Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship 08/02/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2020 Annual Membership and Support 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Food Fund 06/19/20 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness