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 Program
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
Surge Institute General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2021 Education Funders Strategy Group Membership 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2021-2022) 04/08/21 $600,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2021 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Membership 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2019) 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2020) 06/09/20 $780,000.00 Education
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 03/25/20 $600,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
BARR Center General Operating Support (BELE Network) 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2019 Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Membership 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Collaborative (2019-2022) (BELE Network) 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education 1 - SoLD & FB & Comms
New Venture Fund Student Experience Research Network (Formerly Mindset Scholars Network) General Operations 12/08/20 $1,200,000.00 Education 1 - SoLD & FB & Comms
Tides Center Project for Education Research that Scales’ Design, Implementation and Management (BELE Network Next Gen 2020-2023) 11/30/20 $1,461,930.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
The University of Chicago CCSR's Design, Implementation and Management (Learning Partner-Research Translation) (BELE Network Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,385,730.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Digital Promise Global BELE - Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
National Equity Project BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE - Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE - AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)