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
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2022) 04/05/22 $3,700.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2019) 09/20/19 $25,000.00 Education
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation (2021-2022) 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Inc. General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
New York University NYU Metro Center General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,200.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
Education Law Center Inc. General Operating Support 09/26/19 $2,400.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,050.00 Education
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development (YR 3) (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning BELE Network: Collaborating Districts Initiative: Network of Equity Districts (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,500,000.00 Education
Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,200.00 Education
NewSchools Fund NewSchools Summit Sponsorship (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools BELE Network: Project 10K - Tool & Educator Training Resource Development (2019-2022) 10/17/19 $1,200,000.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Social Good Fund General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
SisterSong, Inc General Operating Support 03/21/22 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network - General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 03/23/21 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support (2022-2024) 12/01/21 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 11/16/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy - Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy 2021 UNITY Summit Destination Impact Community Sponsorship Partner Participation 12/08/21 $380.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Movement Strategy Center General Operating Support 01/24/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy