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
InnerCity Struggle General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 04/04/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2022) 04/05/22 $3,700.00 Education
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Race Forward General Operating Support 04/05/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center General Operating Support 04/08/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
New Venture Fund Responsive Communications Support for System Leaders 04/13/22 $150,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education
Building Changes Partnership for Zero 04/26/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation 2022 Belonging Gathering with Civic Commons 04/28/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Outdoors For All Foundation General Operating Support 05/03/22 $1,042.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network - General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
NewSchools Fund NewSchools Summit Sponsorship (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Education
609 Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
OneAmerica 2022 Movement Family Reunion 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/23/22 $900,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
Ryther General Operating Support 06/01/22 $500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
Mockingbird Society 2022 Youth Leadership Summit Sponsorship 06/15/22 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 06/21/22 $900,000.00 Education
Social Good Fund General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 06/24/22 $75,000.00 Education
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage (RENEWAL) 06/27/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness