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
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 05/21/20 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest 2020 Annual Membership and Support 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness