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
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/08/20 $262,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 10/20/20 $226,600.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/18/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 12/08/20 $180,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center (formerly Accelerator YMCA) General Operating Support 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2021- 2022) 12/09/20 $712,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. National Youth Homelessness Prevention Advocacy 12/09/20 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Stability Network General Operating Support 08/21/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ryther Education of Stakeholders and Policymakers 03/16/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 12/01/21 $430,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2020 Annual Virtual Event 08/31/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2021-2022) 04/08/21 $600,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
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
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 12/13/21 $50,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting