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
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)
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness and the Effects of a Health Crisis (Third Edition) 09/21/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (Second Edition) 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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 2020 Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2019 Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2021 Education Funders Strategy Group Membership 04/26/21 $25,000.00 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 2019 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2020 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2021 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 11/20/20 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
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
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support 09/14/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund (PIT-UN) 11/01/19 $590,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 06/02/21 $500.00 Community Giving
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network Operating Support 01/21/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project General Operating Support 05/05/21 $786.75 Community Giving
Northwest Vipassana Association General Operating Support 12/08/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation 2020 Community Annual Forum: Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing 01/24/20 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
NW Children's Foundation 2021 Community Annual Forum: Racialized Trauma: Powerful Insights and Practical Tools for Healing 12/14/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
One Arizona Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
OneAmerica General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating - Executive Director Transition Fund 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives