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
BARR Center General Operating Support 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
InvestED Covid-19 Student Fund 04/03/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Covid-19 Resilience Fund 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Service Fund Housing Connector 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives - Exec. Dir. Discretionary Fund
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2020 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/21/20 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 02/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, Inc General Operating Support (Primary Children's Hospital) 02/21/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/04/20 $60,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Operating Support 02/01/20 $60,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
One Arizona Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. “Texas Counts Pooled Fund” Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Fair Count Inc. Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $80,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Florida Philanthropic Network Inc. Florida Counts Census 2020 Operations and Programming 02/01/20 $70,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
GreatNonprofits Census 2020 Operating and Programming 02/01/20 $50,000.00 SIE 2: Civic Engagement
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 01/24/20 $2,500.00 DEI
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Washington State Health Care Authority - Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Youth Homelessness Behavioral Health Staff Position 01/13/20 $119,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/20/19 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group 2020 Conference 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support and Annual Membership 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 12/18/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County Home Base Young Adult Project 12/16/19 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Scaling the SchoolHouse School Model through State Initiatives 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children No More Missed Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Accelerator YMCA “Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee” 12/11/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $30,000.00 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 State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness