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
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
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
NewSchools Fund NewSchools Summit Sponsorship (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Education
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
North Carolina Justice Center “Our Kids Can't Wait” North Carolina Campaign for Fair School Funding 01/22/20 $97,000.00 Education
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network Operating Support 01/21/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 06/02/21 $500.00 Community Giving
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Northstar Advocates General Operating Support 09/27/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Northwest African American Museum Inc NAAM's Annual Unity Event (2022) 09/29/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund 05/01/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project General Operating Support 05/05/21 $786.75 Community Giving
Northwest Ultimate Association General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Northwest Vipassana Association General Operating Support 12/08/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 11/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
NW Children's Foundation 2021 Community Annual Forum: Racialized Trauma: Powerful Insights and Practical Tools for Healing 12/14/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
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
NW Children's Foundation 2022 Community Annual Forum - Buffering Intergenerational Trauma: Child Well-Being and Community-Based Resilience 01/31/22 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
One Arizona Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $70,000.00 Special Initiatives
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Core Operating Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica 2021 20th Anniversary Celebration 10/04/21 $4,700.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica 2022 Movement Family Reunion 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Outdoors For All Foundation General Operating Support 05/03/22 $1,042.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Pacific Islander Community Association General Operating Support 11/15/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Pacific Islander Community Association General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Panorama Global General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships General Operating Support 06/04/21 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Panorama Global Collaborative Learning from Impact Philanthropy 09/29/22 $15,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia Solu Khumbu Poly Technical Academy/COVID-19 Relief Fund 08/21/20 $5,200.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 11/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partnership for America's Children Chafee Redesign Policy Reform Initiative 08/31/21 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Conflict Transformation Fund Operating Support 10/20/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Food Fund 06/19/20 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Census Equity Fund 02/01/20 $40,000.00 Special Initiatives
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2022) 02/10/22 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2021) 03/12/21 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2020) 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving