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 Program
Northwest African American Museum Inc NAAM's Annual Unity Event (2022) 09/29/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $18,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 09/28/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 09/28/22 $45,000.00 Community Giving
Good Information Foundation General Operating Support 09/21/22 $30,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
National Equity Project General Operating Support 09/19/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/13/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Building Changes General Operating Support 09/09/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (fka Philanthropist Forum) 09/02/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition General Operating Support 08/25/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" (RENEWAL) 08/23/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (RENEWAL) 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Fellow - Samuel Martin 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 08/01/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Barbara Rockey 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Azia Ruff 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy - Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Western States Center General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Change General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2023) 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
Fellow - Johawna Whitlock 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/16/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation Brotman Baty Institute Core Operating Support 07/14/22 $50,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Fellow - Drisana Malaambo 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/11/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund General Operating Support 07/07/22 $2,100.00 Community Giving
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
Fellow - Courtney Jackson 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Michael Jones 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Kenneth Sinclair 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Isaac Sanders 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Dimitri Groce 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage (RENEWAL) 06/27/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 06/24/22 $75,000.00 Education
Social Good Fund General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 06/21/22 $900,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society 2022 Youth Leadership Summit Sponsorship 06/15/22 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
Ryther General Operating Support 06/01/22 $500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary