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
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center (formerly Accelerator YMCA) General Operating Support 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
School Board Partners Our Collective Power: A National Summit on Courageous School Board Leadership 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Education
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Othering and Belonging Conference Sponsorship (2021) 10/04/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Muslim Association of Puget Sound WA State Afghan Refugee Resettlement Coordination and Operating Support 12/21/21 $15,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2021) 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 01/31/22 $15,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Power in Solidarity Gathering (2022) 02/17/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center Youth Engagement Team Evaluation 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (fka Philanthropist Forum) 09/02/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Progress Pushers General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/20/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2020) 10/23/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Building Changes General Operating Support 09/09/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Fellow - Michael Jones 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NewSchools Fund NewSchools Summit Sponsorship (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Education
Social Venture Partners International Re-imagine Initiative 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
TeamChild General Operating Support 03/10/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
InvestED Covid-19 Student Fund 04/03/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Conference Sponsorship 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Education
Evans Scholars Foundation General Operating Support 10/02/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2023) 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Johawna Whitlock 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/16/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2021) 05/21/20 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship (2021) 03/02/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fellow - Courtney Jackson 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Theatre Group 20th Annual More Music Virtual Celebration 03/15/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving