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
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/22/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 11/30/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/09/19 $12,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2017 Annual Membership and Support 02/10/17 $14,305.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Innovations in Cardinal Service Communications 03/17/17 $17,000.00 Community Giving
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 12/14/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
FrameWorks Institute General Operating Support 01/27/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Speaker Sponsorship featuring Ibram Kendi 01/12/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/24/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy Sanford School of Public Policy Core Operations 03/22/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Early Learning Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Staffing Support for the Transition Team 01/29/18 $160,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 10/27/17 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/04/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education The Equity Lab Core Operations 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition General Operating Support 09/22/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/27/17 $6,380.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 12/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Toolkit 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Access Now Fund the Gap Campaign 09/29/17 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/14/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/23/17 $500.00 Community Giving
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 11/18/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Inc. Funding Forward 2017 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
International Center for Journalists Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling 02/02/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/12/16 $1,750.00 Community Giving