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
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education 3 - Post Sec Redesign
Seattle JazzED Jazz Futures Fund 09/01/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 08/27/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
The Agape House Inc General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/27/21 $10,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 YH 3: Crisis Response
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/18/21 $5,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 YH 3: Crisis Response
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Website Redesign Project 08/05/21 $8,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
In Our Backyards, Inc. 2021 Annual Benefit 07/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating - Executive Director Transition Fund 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc 2022 Annual Membership (RENEWAL) 07/27/21 $10,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE - Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
National Equity Project BELE - Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Digital Promise Global BELE - Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
American Association of School Administrators Inc BELE - AASA Equipping Districts to Advance Educational Equity via ESSER Plans & Implementation 07/22/21 $50,000.00 Education 2 - K-12 School/System Redesign (BELE)
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2021) 07/22/21 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Progress Pushers General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/20/21 $15,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
Soulumination General Operating Support 07/19/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 07/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest Hospitality General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
One Nation Essential Needs Foundation General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $15,000.00 YH 4 - Field Building & Advocacy
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Seattle University Center for Community Engagement Endowed Fund 06/16/21 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
Washington Womens Foundation Annual Membership (2021) 06/11/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships General Operating Support 06/04/21 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 06/02/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/01/21 $500.00 Community Giving
School Board Partners General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/12/21 $150,000.00 Education
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/12/21 $175,000.00 Education
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Interventions & National Discussions on Preventing Tracks on Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness 05/12/21 $70,000.00 YH 1: Prevention
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/11/21 $3,000.00 YH 3: Crisis Response
Surge Institute General Operating Support (BELE Network) 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
The Seattle Clemency Project Formerly Homeless or Foster Youth Support 05/05/21 $1,049.00 Community Giving
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project General Operating Support 05/05/21 $786.75 Community Giving