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
Common Counsel Foundation Movement for Black Lives "Black Power Rising Vision 2024" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Amalgamated Foundation Emergent Fund "Movement Rapid Response Organizing" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle Parks Foundation Community Centric Fundraising General Operating Support 12/08/22 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Education Effort of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care, and the Justice System 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County YYA Policy Coordinator 12/09/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Organizational Strategic Planning and Visioning 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Community Giving
TeenTix General Operating Support 12/12/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Trustee of Tufts College CIRCLE General Operating Support 12/12/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Association of System Heads Equity Action Initiative 12/15/22 $100,000.00 Education
JustFund US IGNITE Event Operations 12/20/22 $4,560.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/22 $2,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Amalgamated Foundation Reimagining Capacity and Capital for Communities (RC3) Initiative 01/03/23 $30,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Refugee Protection International General Operating Support 01/13/23 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support 01/20/23 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2023) 01/31/23 $8,500.00 Community Giving