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
Tides Center Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4, Part 2) 10/24/19 $188,070.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth's "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 10/21/19 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools BELE Network: Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development (YR1-2) (2019-2021) 10/17/19 $850,000.00 Education
San Francisco State University Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $500,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: Collaborating Districts Initiative: Network of Equity Districts (2019-2023) 10/17/19 $1,500,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Placed Based Midwest District Network (2019-2023) 10/17/19 $1,899,400.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Summit Public Schools BELE Network: General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education