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
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 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
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
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
New York University NYU Metro Center General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 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, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
NewSchools Fund NewSchools Summit Sponsorship (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools BELE Network: Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
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
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 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
Movement Strategy Center General Operating Support 01/24/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
United Philanthropy Forum General Operating Support 03/27/20 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 07/30/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International Re-imagine Initiative 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Center for Effective Philanthropy COVID Pledge Research Project (Year Two) 08/21/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 10/12/20 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Hispanics in Philanthropy PowerUp Fund Core Operating Support 06/01/20 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation Inclusive Recovery Fund 12/15/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network Operating Support 01/21/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US General Operating Support 06/01/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Thousand Currents Philanthropic Partnerships Donor Education & Organizing 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
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/14/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy