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
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/01/18 $629,188.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Equity-focused Organizational Capacity Building 08/23/18 $46,750.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Informing, Building, and Supporting States’ Capacities to Adequately and Equitably Fund Public Education 05/01/19 $1,253,030.00 Education
Teachers College Columbia University The Hechinger Report - The Science and Cost of Learning 06/05/17 $300,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law Education Civil Rights Alliance 05/01/19 $300,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Pooled Fund 12/15/17 $1,035,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Annual Membership 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Education
Californians for Justice Fund Inc. General Operating Support 11/25/19 $650.00 Education
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth Communication’s Campaign to Advance Social, Emotional & Academic Development (SEAD) 05/01/19 $250,000.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $1,000.00 Education
Clemson University (Academic Success Center) General Operating Support 06/29/18 $860.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 04/26/19 $1,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Plan to Develop a Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 07/27/18 $9,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education 10/19/18 $15,000.00 Education
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects-Inter/Intra-Personal Competencies Framework Taxonomy 05/02/17 $55,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/09/18 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 Equity Development and Capacity Building 09/01/17 $25,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/27/17 $4,000.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities General Operating Support 12/01/17 $13,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative (Cultivate Learning) 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations and King County Local Community Coalition 11/01/17 $27,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network for Quality Initiative 11/28/17 $190,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/18 $35,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/17/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $6,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities