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
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
In Our Backyards, Inc. 2021 Annual Benefit 07/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Website Redesign Project 08/05/21 $8,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/18/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development (YR 3) (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Agape House Inc General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Farestart General Operating Support 08/27/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (V4) 08/31/21 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Partnership for America's Children Chafee Redesign Policy Reform Initiative 08/31/21 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
Seattle JazzED Jazz Futures Fund 09/01/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Public Education Support Fund Narrative and Policy Work on Critical Race Theory 09/16/21 $50,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 09/20/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica 2021 20th Anniversary Celebration 10/04/21 $4,700.00 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
Colorado State University Boyer Commission 2040: Blueprint for Excellence & Equity in Undergraduate Education 10/08/21 $50,000.00 Education
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Par Club 10/13/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Parks Foundation Community-Centric Fundraising "General Operating Support" 10/13/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 10/13/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund 10/21/21 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2021) 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 10/21/21 $20,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 10/21/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
New York University NYU Metro Center General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program 10/27/21 $24,000.00 Youth Homelessness