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
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Washington State Department of Commerce Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Bishop Blanchet High School Brave Future Campaign 09/30/16 $25,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/27/16 $400,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Eduguide Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational & Environmental Design Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/22/16 $225,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 10/19/16 $328,410.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1-3) 10/31/16 $1,497,200.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2 & 3) 09/14/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/21/17 $10,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/26/17 $300,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 06/22/17 $50,000.00 Education
Roses in Concrete Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/24/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 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
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
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $629,188.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network - Communications and Convenings (Year 1) (GIFT) 09/20/16 $200,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
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
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
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
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
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
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2017 Summit on Improvement in Education 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2018 Summit on Improvement in Education 11/10/17 $15,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education Carnegie’s 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education 10/19/18 $15,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. CASEL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 10/08/18 $500.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving