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
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/09/18 $500,000.00 Education
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/13/16 $10,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University College Transition Collaborative’s Operating and Organizational Infrastructure Support 12/01/17 $2,100,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
Character Lab, Inc. General Operating Support 08/19/16 $600.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
Eduguide Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
Georgetown University Learning from CORE: How Schools Respond to the Systematic Collection of Data on Non-cognitive Contributors 09/07/16 $50,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2018-2019 Post-Secondary Field Development 01/19/18 $193,750.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/06 $760.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 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
Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational & Environmental Design Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/22/16 $225,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/09/16 $15,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 1) 08/17/16 $225,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. General Operating Support 08/19/16 $1,675.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Year One Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2019) 02/07/19 $45,795.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 09/12/16 $1,000.00 Education
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. 2018 Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network - Communications and Convenings (Year 1) (GIFT) 09/20/16 $200,000.00 Education
University of Washington Moving Beyond Changing Mindsets: Creating a Culture of Growth in Schools (UW, Year 2, Research Study) 06/05/17 $333,895.00 Education
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/01/17 $2,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 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
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth The State of Young People National Summit Sponsorship 04/05/19 $25,000.00 Education
New Schools Fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Study 03/21/17 $65,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Sevenzo Sevenzo’s “Belonging Challenge” 12/19/16 $295,963.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 12/01/17 $650.00 Education
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 Equity Development and Capacity Building 09/01/17 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 05/05/17 $25,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Transforming Education, Inc. Building Equity Capacity for Transforming Education Leadership and Staff 10/10/18 $50,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago General Operating Support 12/01/17 $1,100.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/27/17 $4,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 K-12 Policy Strategy and Implementation Support 06/01/17 $200,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Project for Education Research that Scales Core Operations 11/30/18 $750.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Pooled Fund 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education