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
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Roundtable General Operating Support and Annual Membership 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 07/12/17 $1,750.00 Community Giving
FrameWorks Institute General Operating Support 01/27/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 08/10/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/03/17 $1,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/16/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education The Equity Lab Core Operations 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Appleseed Foster Care to Prison Coalition 01/26/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (Department of Anthropology) 09/20/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/17 $1,450.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/17 $1,450.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
Center on Budget Policy and Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Midlands Mentoring Partnership General Operating Support (Event) 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc. General Operating Support 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Candid IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition Mason County HOST Site Visit Honorarium 07/12/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 02/10/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Chapin Hall Center for Children General Operating Support 08/09/19 $1,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Family Law CASA of King County General Operating Support 08/17/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 01/22/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
College Access Now General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 04/19/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving