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
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Special Initiatives
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Fund 02/04/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Get Schooled Foundation "We Belong in College Campaign" Student Respondent Incentives 12/03/20 $4,400.00 Education
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
National Public Education Support Fund 2019 Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund 2019 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Conference Sponsorship 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Membership 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
Mockingbird Society 2020 Annual Virtual Event 08/31/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
NW Children's Foundation 2020 Community Annual Forum: Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing 01/24/20 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
National Public Education Support Fund 2020 Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2020 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
In Our Backyards, Inc. 2021 Annual Benefit 07/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Membership 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2021 Annual Membership 05/21/20 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NW Children's Foundation 2021 Community Annual Forum: Racialized Trauma: Powerful Insights and Practical Tools for Healing 12/14/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund 2021 Education Funders Strategy Group Membership 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund 2021 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2022 Annual Membership (RENEWAL) 07/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare 35th Annual Virtual Luncheon 10/09/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
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'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 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 11/26/19 $355,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/11/21 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 Community Giving
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. Activating Uptake and Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Continuation 08/15/19 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving