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
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2021-2022) 05/20/21 $1,600,000.00 Education
The Freedom Bound Center dba Sol Collective BELE Network: Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (2020-2022) 10/29/20 $700,000.00 Education
BARR Center General Operating Support (BELE Network) 04/03/20 $2,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Narrative and Policy Work on Critical Race Theory 09/16/21 $50,000.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2020) 04/10/20 $3,700.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 06/24/22 $75,000.00 Education
School Board Partners BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/07/22 $900,000.00 Education
Surge Institute BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2020) 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Development of SchoolHouse Connection PSA 10/23/20 $8,500.00 Education
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 06/21/22 $900,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative General Operating Support 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/23/22 $900,000.00 Education
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
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
School Board Partners Our Collective Power: A National Summit on Courageous School Board Leadership 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2020 Annual Conference Sponsorship 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Education
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
The Get Schooled Foundation "We Belong in College Campaign" Student Respondent Incentives 12/03/20 $4,400.00 Education
School Board Partners Advancing Anti-Racist Policy (General Operating Support) 11/03/22 $650,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Experience Research Network (Formerly Mindset Scholars Network) General Operations 12/08/20 $1,200,000.00 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
American Association of School Administrators Inc Enlistment & Influence for Equity w/ ARPA Guidance 11/03/22 $150,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2021) 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
Tides Center Student Experience Project: Project for Education Research that Scales Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Dev. 03/01/21 $900,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Student Experience Project: College Transition Collaborative Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Development 05/12/21 $1,094,980.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2022) 04/05/22 $3,700.00 Education
University of Toledo Student Experience Project (SEP) Learning Partners Facilitation & Planning 10/29/21 $20,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
New York University NYU Metro Center General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education