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
Teach for America (Washington Region) General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
WestSide Baby General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Urban Impact Foundation (Pittsburg) General Operating Support 03/23/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Domestic Workers Alliance General Operating Support 03/31/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project General Operating Support 05/05/21 $786.75 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 07/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 08/27/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 07/19/21 $500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 03/25/20 $600,000.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
Boys and Girls Club of America (Atlanta) General Operating Support 11/02/18 $40,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 10/15/18 $75,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/18 $35,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Philanos (formerly Catalist Women) General Operating Support 08/05/19 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 10/12/20 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Housing Development Consortium General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness