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
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Get Schooled Foundation "We Belong in College Campaign" Student Respondent Incentives 12/03/20 $4,400.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2020 Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Racial Equity Working Group 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Center Project for Education Research that Scales’ Design, Implementation and Management (BELE Network Next Gen 2020-2023) 11/30/20 $1,461,930.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 YH 1: Prevention
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 11/20/20 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Targeted Universalism Training 11/20/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative General Operating Support 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Education
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Service Providers Collaborative 11/20/20 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center Youth Engagement Team Evaluation 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Child Development School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2020) 11/18/20 $2,400.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/18/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2020) 11/18/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/18/20 $500.00 Community Giving
School Board Partners Our Collective Power: A National Summit on Courageous School Board Leadership 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Conference Sponsorship 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Education
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 11/15/20 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/10/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funder Education on Racial Equity and Justice 10/29/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Philanthropy's Role on Homelessness Prevention focused on Youth & Young Adults 10/29/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Freedom Bound Center dba Sol Collective Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (BELE Network) 10/29/20 $700,000.00 Education
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2020) 10/23/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 10/23/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness