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
Eskolta School Research and Design Inc. 2018 Eskolta Change-Makers Reception Sponsorship 05/04/18 $10,000.00 Education
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Local Community Coalition for Pierce County 11/01/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support and Annual Membership 06/21/19 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/07/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2) 07/21/17 $10,000.00 Education
Neighborhood Funders Group 2020 Conference 12/18/19 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Foundation for Tacoma Students Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunities Local Coalition 09/15/17 $10,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Core Operations 11/30/18 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 02/07/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Washington State Department of Commerce Statewide Youth Action Board Meeting (Office of Homeless Youth) 02/08/19 $11,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training 03/05/19 $11,250.00 Education
Houston Independent School District Foundation General Operating Support 10/27/17 $11,800.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/24/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector 2019 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 08/09/19 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth “Education Leads Home” SXSW EDU Conference Campaign Launch 12/21/17 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 05/04/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 12/14/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities General Operating Support 12/01/17 $13,000.00 Education
University of Indianapolis Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Katie Boucher, 2018) 04/20/18 $13,600.00 Education
Alliance For Education Alliance for Education/African American Male Achievement Program Seattle Public School Partnership 12/18/18 $14,500.00 Community Giving
Equity in Education Coalition "Decolonizing Education Through Anti-Racism & Equity" Conference Sponsorship 09/20/19 $15,000.00 Education
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. Distribution of the "Value of Collaboration Research Study" for the Philanthropic Field 10/31/18 $15,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2018 Summit on Improvement in Education 11/10/17 $15,000.00 Education
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support and Annual Membership 12/18/19 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education 10/19/18 $15,000.00 Education
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Membership and Support 01/26/18 $15,705.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2019 Annual Membership and Support 03/05/19 $16,405.00 Community Giving
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes "Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents" Convenings 02/23/18 $18,200.00 Education
YouthCare 100-Day Challenge - King County 06/23/17 $19,415.00 Youth Homelessness
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership 12/08/17 $20,000.00 Education
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (South Puget Sound) Teen Center Renovation Capital Campaign 08/24/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Funders Collaborative on Innovative Measures Fieldbuilding Projects - Annual Membership 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Education
Equal Justice Works Homeless Youth Legal Corps Planning Grant 03/05/19 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 02/16/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 04/21/17 $20,000.00 Community Giving
National Equity Project Kingmakers of Oakland Independent Charitable Status Support 12/18/18 $20,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. Launch of a State Leadership Table on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/20/18 $20,515.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Experience Project Planning Phase (PI - Nick Bowman, 2018) 04/20/18 $22,800.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 05/05/17 $25,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/07/18 $25,000.00 Community Giving
GlobalGiving General Operating Support 08/15/17 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy