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
Nexus Youth and Families 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/19/17 $5,585.00 Youth Homelessness
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/14/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/22/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Oakland Public Education Fund General Operating Support (Office of African American Male Achievement) 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Oakland Public Education Fund Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/28/17 $500,000.00 Education
Opportunity Institute Science of Learning and Development Field Building Project 06/16/17 $200,000.00 Education
Partners Asia Rohingya Refugees 11/10/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 12/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 12/28/16 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Local Funder Collaborative 03/09/18 $5,860.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Catalyst Campaign 04/05/19 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2017 Annual Membership and Support 02/10/17 $14,305.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Speaker Sponsorship featuring Ibram Kendi 01/12/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 CHANGE Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship 08/02/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 01/25/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 08/10/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 09/01/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Child) 11/09/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
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
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
Pushing Boundaries General Operating Support 11/02/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Rainier Scholars General Operating Support 12/02/16 $1,000.00 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
Rapid Results Institute Inc Three 100-Day Challenges in Washington State to Spur Innovation and Learning towards the Prevention and End of Youth Hom 02/24/17 $81,750.00 Youth Homelessness
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/16/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Distribution of the "Value of Collaboration Research Study" for the Philanthropic Field 10/31/18 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support - D5 Coalition 08/19/16 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. General Operating Support 12/18/18 $2,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Roses in Concrete Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/24/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Roses in Concrete General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations 11/30/16 $20,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington King County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/16 $12,000.00 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