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
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/05/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Casa Latina General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Evans Scholars Foundation Match Play Challenge 02/28/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, Inc. General Operating Support 11/12/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 07/19/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Teach for America (Washington Region) General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation 2022 Belonging Gathering with Civic Commons 04/28/22 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/10/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica 2022 Movement Family Reunion 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
InvestED Covid-19 Student Fund 04/03/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Public Advocates Inc. General Operating Support 01/06/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
WestSide Baby General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving