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
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
University Of Washington Foundation General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Education
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Partners Asia General Operating Support 06/05/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Farestart General Operating Support 06/05/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Housing Development Consortium General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 09/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Resource Generation General Operating Support 09/14/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 09/18/20 $2,500.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Stability Network General Operating Support 08/21/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 10/12/20 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 12/02/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Teammates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/18/20 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/18/20 $500.00 Community Giving
U-Power General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 11/18/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University Child Development School General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Headwaters Foundation for Justice General Operating Support 10/20/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/10/20 $1,000.00 Community Giving
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Evans Scholars Foundation General Operating Support 10/02/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Generative Somatics General Operating Support 10/16/20 $7,500.00 Community Giving
Boys and Girls Club of America (New York) General Operating Support 11/18/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 11/20/20 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support 12/16/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Education Leaders of Color, Inc. General Operating Support 12/21/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Estelita's Library General Operating Support 01/26/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Casa Latina General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Teach for America (Washington Region) General Operating Support 03/11/21 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving