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 Datesort ascending Amount Strategy
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 01/01/09 $11,700.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science 12/19/08 $10,000,000.00 Community Giving
Heritage University Support for the expansion of the Honor's Program 07/01/08 $300,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund Summit Sponsorship $25,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning General Operating Support $1,105.00 Education