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 Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
Mitchell Kapor Foundation The Race Card Project General Operating Support 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Leadership (N40 Funded)
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1) 07/01/20 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives - General (Misc)
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund Operating Support 07/10/20 $50,000.00 DEI
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 DEI
New Venture Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives - BLM Fund
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund Operating Support 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund Operating Support 07/10/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 Community Giving
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
The Seattle Foundation 2020 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Portfolio 07/17/20 $800,000.00 Education
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives - BLM Fund
Donors of Color Network Inc. 2020 Annual Membership and Operating Support 07/30/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Social Venture Partners International Re-imagine Initiative 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives 3 - Black Leadership & Power Fund (BLPF)
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System