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
University Of Washington Foundation Expanded Learning Opportunity Quality Initiative (Cultivate Learning) 12/07/17 $550,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
True Colors Fund Inc Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
League of Education Voters Foundation Fair Student Funding Site Visits 09/30/16 $20,000.00 Education
Washington Appleseed Foster Care to Prison Coalition 01/26/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Foundations for Employment and Housing Membership 11/17/17 $3,500.00 Youth Homelessness
College Access Now Fund the Gap Campaign 09/29/17 $50,000.00 Community Giving
RAND Corporation Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding - Inter- and Intra-Personal Measures Public Repository Expans 04/07/17 $120,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Annual Membership 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Inter-and Intra-Personal Developmental Assessment 04/07/17 $80,000.00 Education
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects-Inter/Intra-Personal Competencies Framework Taxonomy 05/02/17 $55,000.00 Education
Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Inc. Funding Forward 2017 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/06 $760.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/09/16 $15,000.00 Education
University Child Development School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/16 $1,000.00 Education
Treehouse General Operating Support 05/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/08/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
American Council on Germany General Operating Support 12/22/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/22/16 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/17 $1,450.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 04/06/17 $1,450.00 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
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Bridgespan Group Inc. General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 09/22/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/13/16 $10,000.00 Education
Character Lab, Inc. General Operating Support 08/19/16 $600.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. General Operating Support 11/20/17 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Transforming Education, Inc. General Operating Support 08/19/16 $1,675.00 Education
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/18/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Girls Incorporated Of Omaha General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Envision Education, Inc. General Operating Support 01/13/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/15/16 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness