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
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ryther Education of Stakeholders and Policymakers 03/16/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2019) 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
Georgetown University Edunomic’s Lab General Operating Support 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
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
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 12/05/19 $270,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Examining Youth & Racial Dimensions of COVID-19 10/06/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Operational Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/16/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Florida Philanthropic Network Inc. Florida Counts Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Clemency Project Formerly Homeless or Foster Youth Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Child Welfare Innovations Inc. Foster America: Leveraging Human Centered Design Expertise to Prevent Youth Homelessness 06/24/20 $79,970.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Foster Care to Prison Pipeline Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy - Core Operating Support 07/26/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funder Education on Racial Equity and Justice 10/29/20 $25,000.00 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
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funders Network for Youth Success (Youth Homelessness) 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 09/20/19 $500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 09/11/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 08/09/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Chapin Hall Center for Children General Operating Support 08/09/19 $1,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Institute For America's Future Inc. General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving