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
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 02/17/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Power in Solidarity Gathering (2022) 02/17/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $2,200.00 Community Giving
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy 2021 UNITY Summit Destination Impact Community Sponsorship Partner Participation 12/08/21 $380.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship (2021) 03/02/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 02/17/22 $3,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
API Chaya General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 05/20/21 $750.00 Community Giving
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE Network: AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation (2021-2022) 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1-3) 07/01/20 $450,000.00 Special Initiatives
Albuquerque Community Foundation "New Mexico Counts 2020" Census 2020 Fund 02/01/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
609 Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts