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
United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk 2019 (Home For Good Team) 04/26/19 $10,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Corporation for Supportive Housing King County Regional Action Plan Development 03/01/19 $75,000.00 Regional Homelessness
President And Fellows Of Harvard College Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Child) 11/09/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
King County Department of Community and Human Services Employment and Education Resources "Latinx Youth Reengagement Project" 11/26/18 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Adolescent Brain Science Translation (Center on the Developing Adolescent) 11/03/16 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
National League of Cities Institute Inc National League of Cities Re-Engagement Network Convening 10/27/17 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results "Back on Track" Program Improvement Project for Opportunity Youth 11/06/17 $323,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Community Center For Education Results Improvement Design Intensive Participation 05/04/18 $7,500.00 Special Initiatives
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 11/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Nexus Youth and Families 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/19/17 $5,585.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 08/03/18 $2,235.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Youth Network and Leadership Committee 11/14/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Towards Core Outcome Measures for Youth Homelessness 12/01/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support (Schoolhouse Washington) 08/09/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 05/17/19 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Launch of a State Leadership Table on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/20/18 $20,515.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Foundations for Employment and Housing Membership 11/17/17 $3,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth & Family Services Inc. Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) 08/24/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Innovation Grants to Prevent Youth from Exiting Public Systems into Homelessness 12/04/17 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 2018 Conference on Ending Homelessness 03/09/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors Fund Inc Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 11/29/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. Report on the Correlation Between the Behavioral Health System and Youth Homelessness 12/07/17 $66,125.00 Youth Homelessness
Institute for Community Research Inc. Introduce System Dynamics Modeling to Key YH Stakeholders in WA State 11/10/17 $6,200.00 Youth Homelessness
Tacoma Community House 100-Day Challenge - Pierce County 06/30/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children General Operating Support 08/09/19 $1,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count Conference 08/16/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Communities” Initiative to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Spokane Housing Authority 100-Day Challenge - Spokane County 06/09/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce General Operating Support (Office of Homeless Youth) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty State Index on Youth Homelessness – Second Edition 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/07/17 $210,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Working Group on Racial Equity and Homelessness 12/06/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Washington SAJE Center Youth Homelessness, Juvenile Courts and Cross-System Collaboration: A Developmental Study 11/27/17 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Ensuring Effective Implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act 10/23/18 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 10/23/18 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Homeless Youth Legal Network, Publication and Convening 12/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year One) 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness