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
Fellow - Azia Ruff 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Samuel Martin 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 08/01/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (RENEWAL) 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" (RENEWAL) 08/23/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition General Operating Support 08/25/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (fka Philanthropist Forum) 09/02/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
Building Changes General Operating Support 09/09/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/13/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
National Equity Project General Operating Support 09/19/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Good Information Foundation General Operating Support 09/21/22 $30,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 09/28/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 09/28/22 $45,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc NAAM's Annual Unity Event (2022) 09/29/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving