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
Farestart General Operating Support 06/05/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Fair Count Inc. Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $80,000.00 Special Initiatives
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation General Operating Support 10/02/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Par Club 10/13/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Estelita's Library General Operating Support 01/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools BELE Network: Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 10/02/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Building Public Will for More Equitable Funding in Maryland 01/22/20 $75,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Donorschoose.Org How to Be an Anti-Racist Classroom Books (Mrs. Watje Room, Mt. Tahoma High School) 09/28/20 $959.50 Community Giving
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 07/30/20 $25,000.00 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
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. White Privilege Documentary 03/12/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/10/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 10/13/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Communities of Color Coalition Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. Texas Counts Pooled Fund Census 2020 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 12/13/21 $50,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Columbia Legal Services Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/09/20 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/20/19 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
Colorado State University Boyer Commission 2040: Blueprint for Excellence & Equity in Undergraduate Education 10/08/21 $50,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative General Operating Support 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Education
Color of Change Education Fund Inc. Winning Against the Backlash National Campaign 12/01/21 $200,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 10/21/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
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
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: Collaborating Districts Initiative: Network of Equity Districts (2019-2023) 10/17/19 $2,000,000.00 Education
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 01/24/22 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 11/15/20 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, Inc. General Operating Support 11/12/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving