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
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 09/22/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 04/05/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Vietnamese Friendship Association for Greater Seattle Othering and Belonging Conference Participation 04/21/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Inc. Funding Forward 2017 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/19/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/22/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/14/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Project for Education that Scales 09/30/16 $2,800.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/12/17 $3,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/16/17 $3,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting 02/08/19 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Foundations for Employment and Housing Membership 11/17/17 $3,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 12/21/17 $4,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/27/17 $4,000.00 Education
Building Changes Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $4,100.00 Youth Homelessness
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 09/22/16 $4,550.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/21/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Toolkit 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving