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
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2023) 01/31/23 $8,500.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support 01/20/23 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Refugee Protection International General Operating Support 01/13/23 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Amalgamated Foundation Reimagining Capacity and Capital for Communities (RC3) Initiative 01/03/23 $30,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/22 $2,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
JustFund US IGNITE Event Operations 12/20/22 $4,560.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Association of System Heads Equity Action Initiative 12/15/22 $100,000.00 Education
Trustee of Tufts College CIRCLE General Operating Support 12/12/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
TeenTix General Operating Support 12/12/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County YYA Policy Coordinator 12/09/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Organizational Strategic Planning and Visioning 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Community Giving
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Education Effort of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care, and the Justice System 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Parks Foundation Community Centric Fundraising General Operating Support 12/08/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Amalgamated Foundation Emergent Fund "Movement Rapid Response Organizing" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Black Girl Freedom Fund "Grantmakers for Girls of Color" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/22 $375,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Common Counsel Foundation Movement for Black Lives "Black Power Rising Vision 2024" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
YMCA of Greater Seattle Prevention Youth Engagement Team 12/06/22 $342,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Improving Educational Outcomes Vulnerable Students: Supporting and Strengthening Federal Agency Action 12/06/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 12/02/22 $50,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
UNF Charitable Fund Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2022) 12/01/22 $2,400.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 12/01/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Third Way Institute General Operating Support 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/22 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2022) 12/01/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
New Profit Inc General Operating Support 11/25/22 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/22/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 11/22/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 11/22/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
RVC Seattle Creative Justice "General Operating Support" 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
API Chaya General Operating Support 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Africatown Community Land Trust From Imagination to Creation” Campaign 11/18/22 $4,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
FW Black Collective General Operating Support 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Think of Us Envisioning and Co-Creating an Anti-Racist Legal System for Children 11/16/22 $100,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Northwest Ultimate Association General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Telluride AIDS Benefit General Operating Support 11/15/22 $1,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Pacific Islander Community Association General Operating Support 11/15/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
RVC Seattle General Operating Support 11/15/22 $3,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Farestart General Operating Support 11/15/22 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Therapeutic Health Services General Operating Support 11/15/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation General Operating Support 11/15/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Panorama Global General Operating Support 11/15/22 $200,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Tubman Center for Health & Freedom General Operating Support 11/15/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2022) 11/15/22 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts