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
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2021) 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2021) 05/21/20 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2020) 02/21/20 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2020) 06/05/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2020) 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2020) 10/23/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2020) 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 07/30/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2019 and 2020) 06/29/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund 10/21/21 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 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
NEO Philanthropy AAPI Civic Engagement Fund 05/11/21 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 11/26/19 $355,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 12/01/21 $430,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/11/21 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/08/20 $262,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 06/05/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 12/08/20 $180,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 12/01/21 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare 35th Annual Virtual Luncheon 10/09/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Theatre Group 20th Annual More Music Virtual Celebration 03/15/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society 2022 Youth Leadership Summit Sponsorship 06/15/22 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica 2022 Movement Family Reunion 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Fellow - Courtney Jackson 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Azia Ruff 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Kenneth Sinclair 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Isaac Sanders 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Barbara Rockey 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Drisana Malaambo 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/11/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Michael Jones 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Johawna Whitlock 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/16/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Dimitri Groce 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Samuel Martin 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 08/01/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NW Children's Foundation 2022 Community Annual Forum - Buffering Intergenerational Trauma: Child Well-Being and Community-Based Resilience 01/31/22 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation 2022 Belonging Gathering with Civic Commons 04/28/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group 2021 Plymouth Housing Seattle Dance Competition Sponsorship 03/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving