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
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 05/21/20 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild 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 No More Missed Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference For Community and Justice of Metro St. Louis Anti-Oppression Facilitator Training Cohort of Youth Homelessness Movement Staff 11/26/19 $60,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Host Homes Program Expansion for Minors in King County 11/02/18 $175,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Legal Corps Planning Grant 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services King County All Home’s “Campaign to End Youth Homelessness Now” 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation Center for Sustainable Journalism's "Where Homelessness and Youth Intersect: Building Awareness, Changing Perceptions" 09/24/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Volunteers of America - Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Systems Mapping Workshop 10/27/17 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children and Youth Justice Center State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/07/18 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children and Youth Justice Center Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $30,620.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/20/19 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Accelerator YMCA “Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee” 12/11/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2019) 12/12/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 06/29/20 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’s “Youth Housing Stability (YHS) Model for Juvenile Court 12/13/18 $400,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 06/05/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/19/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/05/18 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home - Nat'l Student Homelessness Campaign and Building Equity Capacity for Leadership and Staff 12/05/18 $325,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Prosecuting Attorney King County Juvenile Court Strategic Planning Retreat 11/03/17 $5,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 2) 09/28/17 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 09/25/18 $700,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Built for Zero Conference - Washington State Office of Homeless Youth Staff Participation 06/22/18 $2,300.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/05/18 $220,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 11/01/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty 50-State Survey and Scorecard on Ending Youth Homelessness 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support (Schoolhouse Washington) 08/09/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Youth Network and Leadership Committee 11/14/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness