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 Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Experience Research Network (Formerly Mindset Scholars Network) General Operations 12/08/20 $1,200,000.00 Education
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Development of SchoolHouse Connection PSA 10/23/20 $8,500.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2020) 07/17/20 $980,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2021-2022) 05/20/21 $1,600,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative General Operating Support 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2021-2022) 05/20/21 $2,300,000.00 Education
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
School Board Partners Our Collective Power: A National Summit on Courageous School Board Leadership 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Education
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation (2021-2022) 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
The Get Schooled Foundation "We Belong in College Campaign" Student Respondent Incentives 12/03/20 $4,400.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2019) 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: Design, Implementation and Management of Building (Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,290,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Social Good Fund General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
SisterSong, Inc General Operating Support 03/21/22 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Thousand Currents Philanthropic Partnerships Donor Education & Organizing 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Action Inc. **N40 FUNDED** General Operating and Capacity Building Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Parks Foundation Community-Centric Fundraising "General Operating Support" 10/13/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/14/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network - General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy