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
King County Department of Community and Human Services Employment and Education Resources "Latinx Youth Reengagement Project" 11/26/18 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 09/14/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 06/22/17 $50,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Cardinal Service Website and Communications Platform Improvements 09/24/18 $50,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 09/24/19 $51,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Education Research Brief Development and Dissemination 12/01/18 $53,136.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 05/17/19 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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 Network for Youth Inc. Ensuring Effective Implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act 10/23/18 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 11/22/19 $61,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Improving Under 18 Homeless Youth System Coordination – Lifting up Mainstream System Partners to End Youth Homelessness 08/24/18 $65,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Schools Fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study 03/21/17 $65,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (Indiana, Year 2, Research Study) 06/30/17 $66,105.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. Report on the Correlation Between the Behavioral Health System and Youth Homelessness 12/07/17 $66,125.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 10/15/18 $75,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $78,394.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Inter-and Intra-Personal Developmental Assessment 04/07/17 $80,000.00 Education
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change (Phase II) 11/01/17 $80,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Campion Advocacy Fund Regional Homelessness Action Plan Communications 09/23/19 $80,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Youth Services Center Training and Outreach Coordinator (King County Housing Stability for Justice Involved Youth) 11/20/19 $81,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Rapid Results Institute Inc Three 100-Day Challenges in Washington State to Spur Innovation and Learning towards the Prevention and End of Youth Hom 02/24/17 $81,750.00 Youth Homelessness
Friends of the Seattle Waterfront General Operating Support 05/17/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Effective Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/10/18 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Chapin Hall Center for Children Towards Core Outcome Measures for Youth Homelessness 12/01/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Homeless Youth Programs 08/04/17 $100,000.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County 2017 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game and Efforts to Reduce Youth Homelessness in King County 03/17/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Catalist Women General Operating Support 08/05/19 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year One) 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness
RAND Corporation Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding - Inter- and Intra-Personal Measures Public Repository Expans 04/07/17 $120,000.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Capacity Building and Expansion Support to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Washington State 03/01/19 $125,000.00 Youth Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes’ Meeting Parents Where They Are: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development Report 04/03/17 $150,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
Social Justice Fund Northwest Core Operations & Giving Project Model Expansion 12/07/18 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/11/18 $150,000.00 Education
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Communities” Initiative to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 DEI - 2019
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness