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
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2020) 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center (formerly Accelerator YMCA) General Operating Support 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Power in Solidarity Gathering (2022) 02/17/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Muslim Association of Puget Sound WA State Afghan Refugee Resettlement Coordination and Operating Support 12/21/21 $15,000.00 Special Initiatives
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 01/31/22 $15,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center Youth Engagement Team Evaluation 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (fka Philanthropist Forum) 09/02/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2021) 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Progress Pushers General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/20/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
SchoolHouse Connection National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Othering and Belonging Conference Sponsorship (2021) 10/04/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Donors of Color Network Inc. Tamaya Retreat (2022) 04/05/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
True Colors United National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
School Board Partners Our Collective Power: A National Summit on Courageous School Board Leadership 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Education
Social Venture Partners International Peer-Influencer Action Project 08/07/20 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
TeamChild General Operating Support 05/21/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support 09/09/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2020) 10/23/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fellow - Courtney Jackson 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 11/05/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fellow - Dimitri Groce 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 01/28/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2022) 07/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Kenneth Sinclair 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fellow - Samuel Martin 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 08/01/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Isaac Sanders 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving