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
Seattle JazzED Jazz Futures Fund 09/01/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Donorschoose.Org How to Be an Anti-Racist Classroom Books (Mrs. Watje Room, Mt. Tahoma High School) 09/28/20 $959.50 Community Giving
Center for Community Service Fund Housing Connector 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 10/02/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica 2022 Movement Family Reunion 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $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
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest Vipassana Association General Operating Support 12/08/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Public Advocates Inc. General Operating Support 01/06/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/05/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle Theatre Group 20th Annual More Music Virtual Celebration 03/15/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 12/20/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 09/20/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 07/19/21 $500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation Raikes Foundation Donor Advised Fund 03/15/21 $141,542.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2020) 06/05/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group 2021 Plymouth Housing Seattle Dance Competition Sponsorship 03/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Color of Change Education Fund Inc. Winning Against the Backlash National Campaign 12/01/21 $200,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
The Schott Foundation for Public Education Anti-Racist and Culturally Responsive Schools Organizing Partnership 11/15/21 $250,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
New Venture Fund Responsive Communications Support for System Leaders 04/13/22 $150,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2020) 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
Tides Center Student Experience Project: Project for Education Research that Scales Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Dev. 03/01/21 $900,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 08/18/20 $140,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Development of SchoolHouse Connection PSA 10/23/20 $8,500.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Student Experience Project: College Transition Collaborative Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Development 05/12/21 $682,665.00 Education
University of Toledo Student Experience Project (SEP) Learning Partners Facilitation & Planning 10/29/21 $20,000.00 Education
Tides Center Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network Collaborative Learning Partner (Year 4, Part 2) 10/24/19 $188,070.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative General Operating Support 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Design, Implementation and Management (Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,305,600.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
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
School Board Partners Our Collective Power: A National Summit on Courageous School Board Leadership 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Boyer Commission 2040: Blueprint for Excellence & Equity in Undergraduate Education 10/08/21 $50,000.00 Education
The University of Chicago BELE Network: CCSR's Design, Implementation and Management (Learning Partner-Research Translation) (Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,385,730.00 Education