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
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
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
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
United Way Of King County Racial Equity Coalition (REC) and Love and Liberation Project General Support Funds 09/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Milwaukee Freedom Fund 09/01/20 $10,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Borealis Philanthropy Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Core Operating Fund 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund Core Operations 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Washington State Administration Office of the Courts Washington State Racial Justice Initiative (Racial Justice Consortium) 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. White Privilege Documentary 03/12/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
NEO Philanthropy AAPI Civic Engagement Fund 05/11/21 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships General Operating Support 06/04/21 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Core Operating Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Johns Hopkins University P3 Research Lab General Operating Support 12/20/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Building Changes Prevention and End of Homelessness in King County ($600K) & General Operating Support ($775K) 02/10/21 $1,375,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Building Changes Lived Experience Coalition Strategic Plan Development 08/01/20 $125,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Housing Development Consortium General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Website Redesign Project 08/05/21 $8,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Building Changes Youth & Young Adult Homelessness Landscape and Plan 10/21/22 $50,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Panorama Global General Operating Support 11/15/22 $200,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Black Girl Freedom Fund "Grantmakers for Girls of Color" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Common Counsel Foundation Movement for Black Lives "Black Power Rising Vision 2024" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Amalgamated Foundation Reimagining Capacity and Capital for Communities (RC3) Initiative 01/03/23 $30,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Color of Change Education Fund Inc. Winning Against the Backlash National Campaign 12/01/21 $200,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
New Venture Fund Responsive Communications Support for System Leaders 04/13/22 $150,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Good Information Foundation General Operating Support 09/21/22 $30,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Think of Us Envisioning and Co-Creating an Anti-Racist Legal System for Children 11/16/22 $100,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Tides Foundation Core Operating Support - Center for Working Families Fund 11/03/22 $100,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Solidaire Network Movement Protection Fund 11/10/22 $125,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US General Operating Support 06/01/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/14/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Indian Health Board Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project 08/07/20 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Thousand Currents Philanthropic Partnerships Donor Education & Organizing 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy