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
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Conference of State Legislatures NCSL Youth Homelessness Fellows Phase II​ 10/26/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Conference of State Legislatures Engaging Legislators in the Fight to End Youth Homelessness 12/05/19 $270,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Domestic Workers Alliance General Operating Support 03/31/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project General Operating Support 09/19/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project BELE Network: Place Based Leading Equitable Redesign Network (LERN/AEREN) (2019-2023) 10/01/20 $1,080,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Design, Implementation and Management (Next Gen 2020-2023) 10/01/20 $1,305,600.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (2022) 10/20/22 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (V4) 08/31/21 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 10/31/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness and the Effects of a Health Crisis (Third Edition) 09/21/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 10/31/22 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Narrative and Policy Work on Critical Race Theory 09/16/21 $50,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2020) 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 09/28/22 $45,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 11/20/20 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2019) 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Executive Transition 12/18/19 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 10/21/21 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2021) 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund 10/21/21 $50,000.00 Community Giving
NEO Philanthropy AAPI Civic Engagement Fund 05/11/21 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Profit Inc General Operating Support 11/25/22 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
New Venture Fund Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund 2020 Census Project’s Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 09/14/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Mindset Scholars Network Strategic Planning 12/06/19 $50,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Experience Research Network (Formerly Mindset Scholars Network) General Operations 12/08/20 $1,200,000.00 Education