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
Washington Early Learning Fund General Operating Support (Event) 03/15/17 $90.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Computer Science and Engineering Building Capital Campaign 03/08/17 $500,000.00 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
Rapid Results Institute Inc Three 100-Day Challenges in Washington State to Spur Innovation and Learning towards the Prevention and End of Youth Hom 02/24/17 $81,750.00 Youth Homelessness
The Forum For Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Conference 02/17/17 $5,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 02/10/17 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest 2017 Annual Membership and Support 02/10/17 $14,305.00 Community Giving
YouthCare Addressing Youth Homelessness within the Juvenile Justice System (Year One) 02/06/17 $100,485.00 Youth Homelessness
International Center for Journalists Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling 02/02/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2017 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/27/17 $6,380.00 Community Giving
FrameWorks Institute General Operating Support 01/27/17 $1,600.00 Community Giving
Envision Education, Inc. General Operating Support 01/13/17 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Network for Good Inc. General Operating Support 01/04/17 $100.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropist Forum Collaborative Work 12/28/16 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc. General Operating Support 12/22/16 $20,000.00 Community Giving
American Council on Germany General Operating Support 12/22/16 $5,000.00 Community Giving
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/22/16 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Civic LLC No Unseen Students Campaign 12/19/16 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Sevenzo Sevenzo’s “Belonging Challenge” 12/19/16 $295,963.00 Education
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/15/16 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Paving the Way Home: Advocating for Youth Exiting Public Systems of Care 12/15/16 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Columbia Legal Services Paving the Way Home: Advocating for Youth Exiting Public Systems of Care 12/15/16 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Washington State Partnership to Prevent Youth Homelessness (Phase 1) 12/09/16 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University Of Washington Foundation School Age and Youth Development Quality Programming 12/09/16 $578,000.00 Expanded Learning Opportunities
National Equity Project General Operating Support 12/09/16 $15,000.00 Education
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City Talk to Your Baby Campaign 12/09/16 $1,000.00 Community Giving
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
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 Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) (formerly Effective Philanthropy Lab) 12/07/16 $1,125,780.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy