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
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
Cascade Public Media General Operating Support (KCTS 9) 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 01/25/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Chief Seattle Club General Operating Support 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Equity Training Participation 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting 02/08/19 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 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
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $3,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
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
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 CHANGE Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship 08/02/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/22/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 12/14/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/17/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 02/19/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/03/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Pride Foundation "Home is Where the Heart is Fund" supporting LGBTQ Youth and their Families in Rural and Remote Communities 08/10/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Toolkit 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support