our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. 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
YouthCare Diversion Resources and Skill Development 04/14/16 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/07/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Oakland Unified School District General Operating Support (African American Male Achievement Initiative) 04/06/16 $200.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support - Honorarium for Colm Davis's participation in the March 2016 Carnegie Summit 04/06/16 $200.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/16 $200.00 Education
Washington Early Learning Fund General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/16 $250.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 04/04/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Stanford 03/31/16 $200.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2016 Annual Membership and Support 03/28/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Out-of-School Time State Registry System Design and Development 03/25/16 $230,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
United Way Of Spokane County YPQI Hub Leadership Meeting Participation 03/25/16 $700.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 03/24/16 $5,600.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle Host Homes for Homeless Young Adults 03/21/16 $260,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning General Operating Support - Design Charrette participation for Celene Domitrovich 03/09/16 $1,000.00 Education
Friends Of Youth General Operating Support (Event) 03/08/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Interagency Academy General Operating Support 03/08/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 03/08/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/08/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse General Operating Support 02/25/16 $500.00 Community Giving
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 02/25/16 $110,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities