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
Center for Effective Philanthropy COVID Pledge Research Project (Year Two) 08/21/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Operational Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Johns Hopkins University P3 Research Lab General Operating Support 12/20/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Chapin Hall Center for Children Examining Youth & Racial Dimensions of COVID-19 10/06/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Juvenile Law Center Chafee Reinvisioning Efforts 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Possibility Labs General Operating Support 11/09/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funders Network for Youth Success (Youth Homelessness) 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Inclusive Recovery Fund 12/15/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Philanthropy's Role on Homelessness Prevention focused on Youth & Young Adults 10/29/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Racial Equity Working Group 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 03/26/21 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2019) 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
Ryther Education of Stakeholders and Policymakers 03/16/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funder Education on Racial Equity and Justice 10/29/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 07/30/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. White Privilege Documentary 03/12/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Coordinated strategy to provide statewide Holistic Children’s Legal Services 12/10/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
TeamChild State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Administration Office of the Courts Washington State Racial Justice Initiative (Racial Justice Consortium) 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/16/22 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee Program Management (YR 1) 12/11/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Communities of Color Coalition Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 Special Initiatives
Children & Youth Justice Center State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 01/24/22 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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