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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funders Network for Youth Success (Youth Homelessness) 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Development of SchoolHouse Connection PSA 10/23/20 $8,500.00 Education
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Juvenile Law Center Chafee Reinvisioning Efforts 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Conflict Transformation Fund Operating Support 10/20/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 10/20/20 $226,600.00 Youth Homelessness
Generative Somatics General Operating Support 10/16/20 $7,500.00 Community Giving
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 10/12/20 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
YouthCare 35th Annual Virtual Luncheon 10/09/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Chapin Hall Center for Children Examining Youth & Racial Dimensions of COVID-19 10/06/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Evans Scholars Foundation General Operating Support 10/02/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 10/02/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Movement Strategy Center Next Generation Fund General Operating Support 10/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program 10/01/20 $105,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning Design, Implementation and Management of Building (BELE Network Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,290,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Design, Implementation and Management (BELE Network Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,305,600.00 Education
The University of Chicago CCSR's Design, Implementation and Management (Learning Partner-Research Translation) (BELE Network Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,385,730.00 Education
National Equity Project Place Based Leading Equitable Redesign Network (LERN) (BELE Network 2019-2023) 10/01/20 $1,080,000.00 Education
Donorschoose.Org How to Be an Anti-Racist Classroom Books (Mrs. Watje Room, Mt. Tahoma High School) 09/28/20 $959.50 Community Giving
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness and the Effects of a Health Crisis (Third Edition) 09/21/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
United Way Of King County Racial Equity Coalition (REC) and Love and Liberation Project General Support Funds 09/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Chief Seattle Club Chief Seattle Club 50 Years Annual Event 09/14/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support 09/14/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 09/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Public Education Support Fund 2020 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Milwaukee Freedom Fund 09/01/20 $10,000.00 Special Initiatives
Mockingbird Society 2020 Annual Virtual Event 08/31/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Highlander Research & Education Center Inc. Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) General Operating Support 08/26/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Partners Asia Solu Khumbu Poly Technical Academy/COVID-19 Relief Fund 08/21/20 $5,200.00 Community Giving
Center for Effective Philanthropy COVID Pledge Research Project – Year Two 08/21/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Stability Network General Operating Support 08/21/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
Transcend, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 08/18/20 $140,000.00 Education
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund 08/14/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Girls School Rise Up Campaign 08/13/20 $100,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners International Re-imagine Initiative 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Building Changes Lived Experience Coalition Strategic Plan Development 08/01/20 $125,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 07/30/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness