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 Strategy
Community Center For Education Results "Back on Track" Program Improvement Project for Opportunity Youth 11/06/17 $323,000.00 Special Initiatives
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
Pride Foundation "Home is Where the Heart is Fund" supporting LGBTQ Youth and their Families in Rural and Remote Communities 08/10/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Food Thrust 2027 "Sound Food Uprising” and “Pure Food Kids” Regional Health Outcomes Improvement Initiative 05/25/18 $250,000.00 Community Giving
YouthCare 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/23/17 $19,415.00 Youth Homelessness
Nexus Youth and Families 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/19/17 $5,585.00 Youth Homelessness
Tacoma Community House 100-Day Challenge - Pierce County 06/30/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Spokane Housing Authority 100-Day Challenge - Spokane County 06/09/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2016 - 2018 Advance Education Field Strategies to Maximize the ESSA to the Advancement of Learning Mindsets and Skills 11/02/16 $240,000.00 Education
The Forum For Youth Investment 2016 Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment Extended Data Analysis with Seattle Public Schools 12/08/16 $21,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 Equity Development and Capacity Building 09/01/17 $25,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 - 2018 K-12 Policy Strategy and Implementation Support 06/01/17 $200,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest 2017 Annual Membership and Support 02/10/17 $14,305.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2017 Annual Membership and Support 03/24/17 $2,500.00 Education
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 09/22/17 $9,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/27/17 $6,380.00 Community Giving
EducationCounsel LLC 2017 Post Secondary Strategy and Field Development 04/01/17 $135,000.00 Education
United Way Of King County 2017 Youth Homeless Charity Softball Game and Efforts to Reduce Youth Homelessness in King County 03/17/17 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
EducationCounsel LLC 2018 - 2019 K-12 Education Research, Practice and Policy Implementation Field Support 06/28/18 $180,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 02/16/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 2018 Conference on Ending Homelessness 03/09/18 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. 2018 Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/12/18 $6,380.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/24/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
EducationCounsel LLC 2018-2019 Post-Secondary Field Development 01/19/18 $193,750.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing a K-12 Resource Equity Agenda Across the Field 06/01/19 $240,000.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 - 2020 Advancing the Student Experience Project, a National Higher Education Research/Practice Partnership 06/01/19 $286,380.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC 2019 Advancing the Building Equitable Learning Environments Network 06/01/19 $75,000.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Education 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/08/19 $2,500.00 Education
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 CHANGE Philanthropy UNITY Summit Sponsorship 08/02/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/25/19 $7,390.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/09/19 $12,500.00 Community Giving
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty 50-State Survey and Scorecard on Ending Youth Homelessness 08/29/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 11/28/18 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America General Operations & National Stakeholder Convenings 12/05/17 $160,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 09/25/18 $700,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Initiative 10/26/16 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Communities” Initiative to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 08/04/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University of Washington Accelerating Social Transformation Program 04/20/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 05/17/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Child Protection Center Inc Access to Cloud Security and Management of Child Forensic Interviews 10/31/18 $9,874.00 Community Giving
Family Support Line Delaware County Inc. Access to Cloud Security and Management of Child Forensic Interviews 11/02/18 $6,714.00 Community Giving
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. Activating Uptake and Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Continuation 08/15/19 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year One) 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year Two) 11/29/18 $103,989.00 Youth Homelessness