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
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Covid-19 Focus Group Youth Stipends 05/01/20 $250.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/01/20 $125.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2020) 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
InvestED Covid-19 Student Fund 04/03/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Covid-19 Resilience Fund 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
BARR Center General Operating Support (BELE Network) 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Service Fund Housing Connector 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving