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
Education Resource Strategies Inc. General Operating Support 10/31/18 $2,500.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 08/23/17 $400,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. General Operating Support 11/02/18 $2,500.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 Education
RAND Corporation Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding - Inter- and Intra-Personal Measures Public Repository Expans 04/07/17 $120,000.00 Education
Roses in Concrete Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/24/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 10/31/18 $1,300.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/09/18 $500,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/12/17 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. Convening an Emerging Resource Equity Field 12/07/17 $49,500.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 09/20/17 $250,000.00 Education
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Elevating Completion: Research Paper Series & Convenings 09/28/17 $270,900.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
Californians for Justice Fund Inc. General Operating Support 11/25/19 $650.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/16/17 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Project Management (Phase 1) 10/25/18 $25,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $1,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018-2019 Post-Secondary Field Development 01/19/18 $193,750.00 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
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund NewSchools Venture Fund 2019 Summit Sponsorship 03/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
University of Iowa Student Experience Project Year One (PI - Nick Bowman, 2019) 02/04/19 $74,821.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/21/17 $10,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
Clemson University (Academic Success Center) General Operating Support 06/29/18 $860.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/24/17 $500,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 Equity Development and Capacity Building 09/01/17 $25,000.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 07/28/17 $9,320.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/27/17 $4,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (Indiana, Year 2, Research Study) 06/30/17 $66,105.00 Education
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network General Operations 10/11/17 $1,800,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education