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 Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/23/22 $900,000.00 Education
School Board Partners BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2021) 03/05/21 $3,700.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 06/24/22 $75,000.00 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 (2021) 04/26/21 $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
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2022) 04/05/22 $3,700.00 Education
New Venture Fund Student Action Network for Equity 07/07/22 $25,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 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 Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
Social Good Fund General Operating Support 06/23/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
SisterSong, Inc General Operating Support 03/21/22 $5,000.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Africatown Community Land Trust General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
The Loveland Foundation General Operating Support 06/01/22 $2,500.00 Employee Anniversary Gifts
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
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
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Thousand Currents Philanthropic Partnerships Donor Education & Organizing 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Parks Foundation Community-Centric Fundraising General Operating Support 10/13/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/14/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Resource Mobilizers Coalition General Operating Support 10/15/21 $200,000.00 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
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $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
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 03/23/21 $150,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 11/16/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy - Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Change Philanthropy 2021 UNITY Summit Destination Impact Community Sponsorship Partner Participation 12/08/21 $380.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support (2022-2024) 12/01/21 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University 2022 First Principles Forum 05/20/22 $10,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. General Operating Support (JustFund) 10/28/19 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy