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
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2022) 07/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Covid-19 Focus Group Youth Stipends 05/01/20 $250.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Johawna Whitlock 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/16/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/01/21 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Juvenile Law Center Chafee Reinvisioning Efforts 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NW Children's Foundation 2022 Community Annual Forum - Buffering Intergenerational Trauma: Child Well-Being and Community-Based Resilience 01/31/22 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Examining Youth & Racial Dimensions of COVID-19 10/06/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2021-2022) 04/08/21 $600,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing General Operating Support 12/22/21 $100,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 12/13/21 $50,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting