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
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Virtual Benefit Dinner Sponsorship 03/05/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
Building Changes Youth & Young Adult Homelessness Landscape and Plan 10/21/22 $50,000.00 Regional Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/01/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/09/20 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/16/22 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative Youth Homelessness Prevention Steering Committee 01/04/22 $57,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept 10/28/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Wing Luke Memorial Foundation “Our stories are Your Stories” Campaign honoring Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month 04/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving