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
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations 11/30/16 $20,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Youth Development Executives of King County General Operations and King County Local Community Coalition 11/01/17 $27,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
School's Out Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network for Quality Initiative 11/28/17 $190,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home - Nat'l Student Homelessness Campaign and Building Equity Capacity for Leadership and Staff 12/05/18 $325,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection General Operating Support 11/10/17 $350.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Education Access Student-Led Systems Change in Education 10/11/18 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/06/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 09/14/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/21/19 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Sevenzo Sevenzo’s “Belonging Challenge” 12/19/16 $295,963.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 04/14/17 $1,450.00 Education
Sevenzo General Operating Support 06/19/17 $3,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/01/18 $629,188.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Project Management (Phase 1) 10/25/18 $25,000.00 Education
Shift-Results Student Experience Project Network Design and Management 12/31/18 $1,400,900.00 Education
Social Justice Fund Northwest Core Operations & Giving Project Model Expansion 12/07/18 $150,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Annual Membership 07/12/19 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 05/19/17 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/22/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 08/02/17 $400,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/10/17 $500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 10/19/18 $500.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 09/20/19 $500.00 Community Giving
South Sound YMCA Shelton YMCA Capital Campaign 07/19/18 $500,000.00 Community Giving
Spokane Housing Authority 100-Day Challenge - Spokane County 06/09/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Spurwink Services Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/21/17 $1,000,000.00 Education
Star of Hope Mission General Operating Support 10/27/17 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Summit Public Schools Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2-3) 07/31/17 $315,150.00 Education
Summit Public Schools General Operating Support 10/11/19 $2,500.00 Education
Synergos Institute Inc. IDPC Travel Stipend 2018 12/18/18 $2,000.00 IDPI 1 - Strengthen the Ecosystem of Donor Support
Tacoma Community House 100-Day Challenge - Pierce County 06/30/17 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Teachers College Columbia University The Hechinger Report - The Science and Cost of Learning 06/05/17 $300,000.00 Education
TeamChild General Operating Support (Event) 05/07/19 $500.00 Community Giving
TeamChild Paving the Way Home: Advocating for Youth Exiting Public Systems of Care 12/15/16 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 12/14/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/03/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 07/12/19 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Afterschool Alliance Advancing Afterschool as a Climate of Inclusion 03/17/17 $5,000.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 03/22/19 $20,000.00 Community Giving
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
The Aspen Institute, Inc. Aspen Forum for Community Solutions General Operations 12/05/17 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2a) 10/25/17 $453,410.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education Dean’s Fund 12/02/16 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University General Operating Support 06/16/17 $3,000.00 Education