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
InvestED Covid-19 Student Fund 04/03/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
RVC Seattle Creative Justice "General Operating Support" 11/18/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
SchoolHouse Connection Development of SchoolHouse Connection PSA 10/23/20 $8,500.00 Education
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/17/22 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
U-Power Dodgeball Team Sponsorship 11/14/22 $1,250.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home Operating Support ($75K) & State Initiatives on Student Homelessness Project ($175K) 02/23/21 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ryther Education of Stakeholders and Policymakers 03/16/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
Georgetown University Edunomic’s Lab General Operating Support 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 12/05/19 $270,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Association of School Administrators Inc Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
Think of Us Envisioning and Co-Creating an Anti-Racist Legal System for Children 11/16/22 $100,000.00 Resourcing Equity & Democracy Cross Cut
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $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
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Core Operating Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/16/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (RENEWAL) 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Florida Philanthropic Network Inc. Florida Counts Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Clemency Project Formerly Homeless or Foster Youth Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Child Welfare Innovations Inc. Foster America: Leveraging Human Centered Design Expertise to Prevent Youth Homelessness 06/24/20 $79,970.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Foster Care to Prison Pipeline Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy - Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Africatown Community Land Trust From Imagination to Creation” Campaign 11/18/22 $4,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funder Education on Racial Equity and Justice 10/29/20 $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
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funders Network for Youth Success (Youth Homelessness) 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
The Bridgespan Group Inc. Funds/Funder Collaboration Research 09/28/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 02/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 10/02/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Vipassana Association General Operating Support 12/08/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving