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
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
University Child Development School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Estelita's Library General Operating Support 01/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $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
Summit Public Schools BELE Network: General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
Mockingbird Society 2020 Annual Virtual Event 08/31/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2022 Youth Leadership Summit Sponsorship 06/15/22 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2021) 06/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
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
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bone Creek Art Museum Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art Restoration Campaign 01/11/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Western States Center General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 11/03/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Change General Operating Support 07/27/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Social Good Fund General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation 2022 Belonging Gathering with Civic Commons 04/28/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Virtual Benefit Dinner Sponsorship 03/05/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative General Operating Support 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Education
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 07/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 12/16/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group 2021 Plymouth Housing Seattle Dance Competition Sponsorship 03/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 10/21/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2020) 06/05/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy