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
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Get Schooled Foundation "We Belong in College Campaign" Student Respondent Incentives 12/03/20 $4,400.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Racial Equity Working Group 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Student Experience Research Network (Formerly Mindset Scholars Network) General Operations 12/08/20 $1,200,000.00 Education
Northwest Vipassana Association General Operating Support 12/08/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
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 America Core Operations 12/08/20 $180,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/09/20 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. National Youth Homelessness Prevention Advocacy 12/09/20 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Schoolhouse Washington (2021- 2022) 12/09/20 $712,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Coordinated strategy to provide statewide Holistic Children’s Legal Services 12/10/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
The Seattle Foundation Inclusive Recovery Fund 12/15/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Borealis Philanthropy Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Core Operating Fund 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 12/16/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 12/16/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network Operating Support 01/21/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Estelita's Library General Operating Support 01/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Building Changes Prevention and End of Homelessness in King County ($600K) & General Operating Support ($775K) 02/10/21 $1,375,000.00 Regional Homelessness
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
Washington State Administration Office of the Courts Washington State Racial Justice Initiative (Racial Justice Consortium) 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2021) 02/17/21 $7,390.00 Community Giving
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home Operating Support ($75K) & State Initiatives on Student Homelessness Project ($175K) 02/23/21 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tides Center Student Experience Project: Project for Education Research that Scales Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Dev. 03/01/21 $900,000.00 Education
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship (2021) 03/02/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2021) 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Virtual Benefit Dinner Sponsorship 03/05/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington State University Foundation WSU School of Hospitality Business Management General Fund 03/11/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group 2021 Plymouth Housing Seattle Dance Competition Sponsorship 03/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Casa Latina General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teach for America (Washington Region) General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
WestSide Baby General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. White Privilege Documentary 03/12/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2021) 03/12/21 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Seattle Theatre Group 20th Annual More Music Virtual Celebration 03/15/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving