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
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/24/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2018 Annual Membership and Support 03/16/18 $2,500.00 Education
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 09/11/19 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/07/18 $2,400.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) 12/01/17 $2,400.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Built for Zero Conference - Washington State Office of Homeless Youth Staff Participation 06/22/18 $2,300.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 08/03/18 $2,235.00 Youth Homelessness
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $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
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
BARR Center General Operating Support 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 05/10/19 $2,000.00 Education
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/16/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Washington Appleseed Foster Care to Prison Coalition 01/26/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 08/10/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education The Equity Lab Core Operations 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (Department of Anthropology) 09/20/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
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