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
NW Children's Foundation 2020 Community Annual Forum: Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing 01/24/20 $2,500.00 Special Initiatives
Movement Strategy Center Next Generation Fund General Operating Support 10/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 Special Initiatives
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 09/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Fund 02/04/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
One Arizona Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Fair Count Inc. Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $80,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
Florida Philanthropic Network Inc. Florida Counts Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1-2) 07/01/20 $300,000.00 Special Initiatives
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. Texas Counts Pooled Fund Census 2020 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
GreatNonprofits Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
United Way Of King County Racial Equity Coalition (REC) and Love and Liberation Project General Support Funds 09/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Ryther General Operating Support 06/01/22 $500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
University Of Washington Foundation Brotman Baty Institute Core Operating Support 07/14/22 $50,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Mitchell Kapor Foundation **N40 FUNDING** The Race Card Project Core Operations 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Seattle Girls School Rise Up Campaign 08/13/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center General Operating Support 04/08/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 01/28/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/17/22 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Outdoors For All Foundation General Operating Support 05/03/22 $1,042.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
609 Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 01/31/22 $15,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Bone Creek Art Museum Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art Restoration Campaign 01/11/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Fellow - Drisana Malaambo 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/11/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Scaling the SchoolHouse School Model through State Initiatives 12/16/19 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Racial Equity Working Group 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 10/25/19 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fellow - Michael Jones 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 06/30/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild General Operating Support 03/10/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Youth Services Center Training and Outreach Coordinator (King County Housing Stability for Justice Involved Youth) 11/20/19 $81,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/01/21 $95,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness