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 Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2020) 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 10/23/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
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
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
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network - General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Progress Pushers General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/20/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Agape House Inc General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/18/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $3,000.00 Education
BARR Center General Operating Support (BELE Network) 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support (BELE Network) 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support (2022-2024) 12/01/21 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Richard Glover All Access to Life Foundation Inc. General Operating Support 12/20/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/20/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 02/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Harvest General Operating Support 04/03/20 $6,400.00 Community Giving
Equal Justice Initiative General Operating Support 10/02/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest Vipassana Association General Operating Support 12/08/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 06/05/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/18/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/18/20 $500.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving