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
609 Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust From Imagination to Creation” Campaign 11/18/22 $4,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1-3) 07/01/20 $450,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation (2021-2022) 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education
American Association of School Administrators Inc Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 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
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 05/20/21 $750.00 Community Giving
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
API Chaya General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
API Chaya General Operating Support 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/17/22 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship (2021) 03/02/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy 2021 UNITY Summit Destination Impact Community Sponsorship Partner Participation 12/08/21 $380.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 02/17/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Power in Solidarity Gathering (2022) 02/17/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $2,200.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2022) 12/01/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
BARR Center General Operating Support (BELE Network) 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing General Operating Support 12/22/21 $100,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bone Creek Art Museum Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art Restoration Campaign 01/11/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Borealis Philanthropy Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Core Operating Fund 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 01/31/22 $15,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Building Changes Education Program 10/21/22 $775,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Partnership for Zero 04/26/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Prevention and End of Homelessness in King County ($600K) & General Operating Support ($775K) 02/10/21 $1,375,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2021- 2022) 12/09/20 $712,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Lived Experience Coalition Strategic Plan Development 08/01/20 $125,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support 09/09/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Youth & Young Adult Homelessness Landscape and Plan 10/21/22 $50,000.00 Regional Homelessness
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 09/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Californians for Justice Education Fund Inc. General Operating Support 01/04/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving