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
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2021-2022) 05/20/21 $2,300,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Placed Based Midwest District Network (2019-2023) 10/17/19 $1,899,400.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2021-2022) 05/20/21 $1,600,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: Collaborating Districts Initiative: Network of Equity Districts (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,500,000.00 Education
Tides Center BELE Network: Project for Education Research that Scales’ Design, Implementation and Management (Next Gen 2020-2023) 11/30/20 $1,461,930.00 Education
The University of Chicago BELE Network: CCSR's Design, Implementation and Management (Learning Partner-Research Translation) (Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,385,730.00 Education
Building Changes Prevention and End of Homelessness in King County ($600K) & General Operating Support ($775K) 02/10/21 $1,375,000.00 Regional Homelessness
National Equity Project BELE Network: Design, Implementation and Management (Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,305,600.00 Education
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
Equal Opportunity Schools BELE Network: Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Experience Research Network (Formerly Mindset Scholars Network) General Operations 12/08/20 $1,200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Place Based Leading Equitable Redesign Network (LERN/AEREN) (2019-2023) 10/01/20 $1,080,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2020) 07/17/20 $980,000.00 Education
Tides Center Student Experience Project: Project for Education Research that Scales Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Dev. 03/01/21 $900,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 06/21/22 $900,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/23/22 $900,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Kingmakers of Oakland Organizational Development (YR1-2) (2019-2021) 10/17/19 $850,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (2020) 06/09/20 $780,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4) - Equity Expertise 10/17/19 $758,200.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2021- 2022) 12/09/20 $712,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support (2022-2024) 12/01/21 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Freedom Bound Center dba Sol Collective BELE Network: Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (2020-2022) 10/29/20 $700,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Student Experience Project: College Transition Collaborative Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Development 05/12/21 $682,665.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2021-2022) 04/08/21 $600,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 03/25/20 $600,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund (PIT-UN) 11/01/19 $590,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
San Francisco State University Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (BELE Network) 10/17/19 $500,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children No More Missed Opportunities: The Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative 12/16/19 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/01/21 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 12/01/21 $430,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2020) 11/25/19 $428,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 11/26/19 $355,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development (YR 3) (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy - Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Surge Institute BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
Donors of Color Action Inc. **N40 FUNDED** General Operating and Capacity Building Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1-2) 07/01/20 $300,000.00 Special Initiatives