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
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/11/21 $3,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home Operating Support ($75K) & State Initiatives on Student Homelessness Project ($175K) 02/23/21 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Northstar Advocates General Operating Support 09/27/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 06/27/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington General Operating Support 09/12/22 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2023) 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Building Changes Education Program 10/21/22 $775,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Prevention Youth Engagement Team 12/06/22 $342,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (2022) 10/20/22 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Partnership for Zero 04/26/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education National Education Effort of Students Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care, and the Justice System 12/09/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 11/03/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 10/25/22 $75,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" (RENEWAL) 08/23/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 10/20/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 10/31/22 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Facilitation of the Young Grantmakers Facilitator Funds 11/10/22 $46,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Equal Justice Works Equal Justice Works Fellowship 04/23/20 $130,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County YYA Policy Coordinator 12/09/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Philanthropy for Child Well Being (fka Philanthropist Forum) 09/02/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 11/14/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (RENEWAL) 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Community Solutions International, Inc Youth Homelessness Proof of Concept 10/28/22 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Improving Educational Outcomes Vulnerable Students: Supporting and Strengthening Federal Agency Action 12/06/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 11/03/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
API Chaya General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 10/20/20 $226,600.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/01/21 $95,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 11/03/22 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation General Operating Support 12/03/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc National Racial Equity Working Group 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 10/31/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Therapeutic Health Services General Operating Support 11/22/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center (formerly Accelerator YMCA) General Operating Support 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 03/26/21 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/01/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/01/20 $125.00 Youth Homelessness
Pacific Islander Community Association General Operating Support 12/06/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness and the Effects of a Health Crisis (Third Edition) 09/21/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 06/29/20 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness