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
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center (formerly Accelerator YMCA) General Operating Support 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 07/26/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging and Educating Legislatures in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Negro College Fund Inc General Operating Support 07/12/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Truechild, Inc. General Operating Support 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 07/11/19 $150,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support 07/01/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Systems of Care Discharge to Stable Housing 06/28/19 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2019) 06/21/19 $800,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2019) 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Seattle Times Investigative Journalism Fund 06/06/19 $50,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation BELE Network: Equitable Learning and Development Framework Project Collaborative (2019-2022) 06/05/19 $900,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (Second Edition) 06/01/19 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education