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
Center on Budget Policy and Priorities General Operating Support 10/11/19 $1,050.00 Education
National Equity Project General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Washington State Bar Foundation General Operating Support 09/26/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
El Education, Inc. General Operating Support 10/21/19 $2,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 10/21/19 $3,000.00 Education
YMCA of Greater Seattle General Operating Support (Accelerator YMCA) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services General Operating Support (All Home) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (College Transition Collaborative) 12/08/16 $500,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support (Department of Anthropology) 09/20/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 06/30/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 11/10/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/14/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 04/21/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Early Learning Fund General Operating Support (Event) 03/15/17 $90.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 12/02/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 07/12/17 $1,750.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/03/17 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/01/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 12/08/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
School's Out Washington General Operating Support (Event) 09/29/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 02/16/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support (Event) 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support (Event) 03/16/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation-District Of Columbia General Operating Support (Event) 09/28/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Powerful Voices General Operating Support (Event) 08/10/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
College Access Now General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 10/17/18 $250.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 01/25/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Midlands Mentoring Partnership General Operating Support (Event) 02/01/19 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 03/06/19 $500.00 Community Giving
YWCA Of Seattle-King County-Snohomish C General Operating Support (Event) 05/24/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Municipal League Foundation General Operating Support (Event) 05/09/19 $500.00 Community Giving
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support (Event) 09/27/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
United Way Of King County General Operating Support (Event) 11/08/19 $1,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund General Operating Support (Honorarium) 12/01/17 $375.00 Community Giving
Cascade Public Media General Operating Support (KCTS 9) 07/12/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Oakland Public Education Fund General Operating Support (Office of African American Male Achievement) 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce General Operating Support (Office of Homeless Youth) 08/02/19 $750.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes General Operating Support (Schoolhouse Washington) 08/09/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support (The Study & Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) Center’ ) 08/02/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
Impact Online Inc. General Operating Support (Volunteer Match) 11/30/18 $500,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support - Project for Education that Scales 11/18/16 $1,000.00 Education
National Center for Family Philanthropy General Operating Support and Annual Membership 11/16/18 $5,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support and Annual Membership 02/01/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving