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
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation Par Club 10/13/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Parks Foundation Community-Centric Fundraising General Operating Support 10/13/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Treehouse General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 10/13/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Colorado State University Boyer Commission 2040: Blueprint for Excellence & Equity in Undergraduate Education 10/08/21 $50,000.00 Education
OneAmerica 2021 20th Anniversary Celebration 10/04/21 $4,700.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Othering and Belonging Conference Sponsorship (2021) 10/04/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 09/20/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Narrative and Policy Work on Critical Race Theory 09/16/21 $50,000.00 Education
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle JazzED Jazz Futures Fund 09/01/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
Partnership for America's Children Chafee Redesign Policy Reform Initiative 08/31/21 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (V4) 08/31/21 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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 Youth Homelessness
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
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Digital Ads - Rental Assistance and Eviction Protection 08/26/21 $7,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 08/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 08/25/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Abundance of Hope Center General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/24/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Child Development School General Operating Support 08/19/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 08/18/21 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
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
In Our Backyards, Inc. 2021 Annual Benefit 07/29/21 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Annual Membership (2022) 07/27/21 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Core Operating Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Education Resource Strategies Inc. BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $200,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Equipping Chief Equity Officers to Drive Transformation (2021-2023) 07/26/21 $150,000.00 Education
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 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
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 Youth Homelessness