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
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
Seattle JazzED Jazz Futures Fund 09/01/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica 2022 Movement Family Reunion 05/18/22 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 10/02/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia Solu Khumbu Poly Technical Academy/COVID-19 Relief Fund 08/21/20 $5,200.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Covid-19 Resilience Fund 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Center for Community Service Fund Housing Connector 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Columbia Legal Services State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/20/19 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 Community Giving
Columbia Legal Services Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/09/20 $7,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2021) 02/17/21 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2020) 02/21/20 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations Annual Membership (2022) 02/10/22 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
Generative Somatics General Operating Support 10/16/20 $7,500.00 Community Giving
National Homelessness Law Center 22nd Annual McKinney-Vento Awards Sponsorship 11/20/20 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Chapin Hall Center for Children Voices of Youth Count (Partnership with CloseKnit) 11/12/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
CloseKnit Voices of Youth Count (Partnership with Chapin Hall) 11/12/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Targeted Universalism Training 11/20/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 06/05/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Website Redesign Project 08/05/21 $8,000.00 Regional Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Development of SchoolHouse Connection PSA 10/23/20 $8,500.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 11/03/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Fellow - Azia Ruff 2022 Community Leaders Fellowship 07/29/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
609 Chief Seattle Council Mariners Scout Luncheon (2022) 05/10/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 11/05/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Therapeutic Health Services General Operating Support 11/22/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Conference (2020) 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation General Operating Support 12/03/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Milwaukee Freedom Fund 09/01/20 $10,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 10/23/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Pacific Islander Community Association General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
API Chaya General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State University Foundation WSU School of Hospitality Business Management General Fund 03/11/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving