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
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funder Education on Racial Equity and Justice 10/29/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 12/01/22 $25,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Chapin Hall Center for Children Examining Youth & Racial Dimensions of COVID-19 10/06/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica Executive Director Transition Fund Core Operating Support 07/27/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Juvenile Law Center Chafee Reinvisioning Efforts 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2021) 08/27/21 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Seattle Foundation Inclusive Recovery Fund 12/15/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University President's Fund at Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Johns Hopkins University P3 Research Lab General Operating Support 12/20/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation The Seattle Times Solutions Oriented Journalism Project on Homelessness 10/13/21 $25,500.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (2022) 10/20/22 $27,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Administration Office of the Courts Washington State Racial Justice Initiative (Racial Justice Consortium) 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. White Privilege Documentary 03/12/21 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Amalgamated Foundation Reimagining Capacity and Capital for Communities (RC3) Initiative 01/03/23 $30,000.00 RED Base
Youth Collaboratory, Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Coordinated strategy to provide statewide Holistic Children’s Legal Services 12/10/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
NewSchools Fund Racial Equity Funder Community of Practice 02/17/21 $30,000.00 Education
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Network for Youth Inc. National Prevention Initiative Advancement (ASPYHR) 10/31/22 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" 08/11/21 $30,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Good Information Foundation General Operating Support 09/21/22 $30,000.00 RED Base
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth "Youth Lead Expansion Project" (RENEWAL) 08/23/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Northstar Advocates General Operating Support 09/27/22 $35,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/16/22 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Communities of Color Coalition Prevention of Youth Homelessness 10/23/20 $37,500.00 Youth Homelessness
TeamChild Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 11/22/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 01/24/22 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness and the Effects of a Health Crisis (Third Edition) 09/21/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children & Youth Justice Center Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $45,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 09/28/22 $45,000.00 Community Giving
YMCA of Greater Seattle Facilitation of the Young Grantmakers Facilitator Funds 11/10/22 $46,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 12/02/22 $50,000.00 Education
Partnership for America's Children Chafee Redesign Policy Reform Initiative 08/31/21 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 12/13/21 $50,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 09/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Public Education Support Fund Narrative and Policy Work on Critical Race Theory 09/16/21 $50,000.00 Education
The Bridgespan Group Inc. Funds/Funder Collaboration Research 09/28/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Philanthropy Northwest Washington Food Fund 06/19/20 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Executive Director Discretionary