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
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle JazzED Jazz Futures Fund 09/01/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Agape House Inc General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Farestart General Operating Support 08/27/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/18/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Website Redesign Project 08/05/21 $8,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
In Our Backyards, Inc. 2021 Annual Benefit 07/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2022 Annual Membership (RENEWAL) 07/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica General Operating - Executive Director Transition Fund 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE - Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE - AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education
Digital Promise Global BELE - Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2021) 07/22/21 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Progress Pushers General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/20/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Soulumination General Operating Support 07/19/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 07/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle University Center for Community Engagement Endowed Fund 06/16/21 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2021) 06/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships General Operating Support 06/04/21 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 06/02/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/01/21 $500.00 Community Giving
School Board Partners General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Interventions & National Discussions on Preventing Tracks on Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness 05/12/21 $70,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/11/21 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Surge Institute General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project General Operating Support 05/05/21 $786.75 Community Giving
The Seattle Clemency Project Formerly Homeless or Foster Youth Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving