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 League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/14/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia Rohingya Refugees 11/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 02/16/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/24/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
Philanthropy Roundtable General Operating Support and Annual Membership 10/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 01/25/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Institute For America's Future Inc. General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Chief Seattle Club General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 12/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving