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 Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Behavioral Ideas Lab, Inc. Impact-Giving Self-Assessment Tool 11/15/17 $65,000.00 IDPI 3: Innovation
Donors of Color Action Inc. General Operating Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem (N40 FUNDED)
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Grand Valley State University Donor Journeys Initiative Sponsorship 04/05/19 $10,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Donors of Color Network Inc. 2020 Annual Membership and Operating Support 07/30/20 $25,000.00 IDPI 2: Donor Support Ecosystem
Faces of Giving, Inc. The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color - Research and Report (Phase 1) 11/09/17 $165,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Candid IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
National Center for Family Philanthropy IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
The Philanthropy Workshop Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $1,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Distribution of the "Value of Collaboration Research Study" for the Philanthropic Field 10/31/18 $15,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Philanthropy Roundtable IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
National Center for Family Philanthropy 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1: Coordinated System
Center for Effective Philanthropy General Operating Support 09/10/18 $100,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $50,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Billion's Institute 10/06/17 $6,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
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
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Local Community Coalition for Pierce County 11/01/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Foundation for Tacoma Students Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Infrastructure for Statewide Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities System 11/02/18 $326,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative (Cultivate Learning) 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
League of Education Voters Foundation General Operating Support 10/15/18 $35,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations and King County Local Community Coalition 11/01/17 $27,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Public Education Support Fund Out-of-School Time National Workgroup Collaborative 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network for Quality Initiative 11/28/17 $190,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Council For A Strong America General Operating Support 10/15/18 $75,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families Expanded Learning Opportunities State Systems Support and Online Coaching 12/07/18 $250,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Third Sector New England Inc. The Build Initiative's "Building Washington State's Quality Improvement System Story” 11/13/18 $28,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Boys and Girls Club of America (Atlanta) General Operating Support 11/02/18 $40,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative - Sparkwind Pilot Extension and Hub Infrastructure 10/04/17 $410,500.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities General Operating Support 12/01/17 $13,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network (Year 4) – Placed Based District Network 10/17/19 $400,000.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2018 Summit Sponsorship 01/26/18 $25,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education