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
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Service Providers Collaborative 11/20/20 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
Hispanics in Philanthropy PowerUp Fund Core Operating Support 06/01/20 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
JustFund US Donor Engagement Experimentation 02/14/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Conference of State Legislatures NCSL Youth Homelessness Fellows Phase II​ 10/26/22 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 09/01/22 $200,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Direct Cash Transfers 11/04/22 $225,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 10/20/20 $226,600.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home Operating Support ($75K) & State Initiatives on Student Homelessness Project ($175K) 02/23/21 $250,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Schott Foundation for Public Education Anti-Racist and Culturally Responsive Schools Organizing Partnership 11/15/21 $250,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Thousand Currents Center for Transforming Philanthropy 11/14/22 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Digital Promise Global BELE Network: Toronto Anti-Racist Collaboration (District Network) (2021-2023) 07/22/21 $250,000.00 Education
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 10/12/20 $250,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America's Grand Challenge to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness 12/08/20 $262,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Georgetown University Edunomic’s Lab General Operating Support 05/11/20 $300,000.00 Education
Donors of Color Action Inc. **N40 FUNDED** General Operating and Capacity Building Support 06/01/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/14/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network General Operating Support 05/06/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home America Core Operations 12/01/21 $300,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Surge Institute BELE Network: General Operating Support 05/10/21 $300,000.00 Education
JustFund US General Operating Support 09/29/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 03/25/20 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Council of Chief State School Officers BELE Network: Equipping State Teams to Drive Equity Transformation 07/26/21 $300,000.00 Education
Georgetown University General Operating Support (Edunomic’s Lab) (5/2022 - 5/2025) 09/08/22 $300,000.00 Education
Possibility Labs Freedom School for Healing & Justice in Philanthropy Core Operating Support 07/28/22 $300,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
YMCA of Greater Seattle Prevention Youth Engagement Team 12/06/22 $342,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/07/22 $375,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Solidaire Network General Operating Support 11/10/22 $375,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 12/01/21 $430,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/01/21 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy General Operating Support 05/06/22 $450,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1-3) 07/01/20 $450,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund BELE Network: Communities for Just Schools General Operating Support (2021-2023) 09/17/21 $500,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection Education Leads Home: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic Recovery and Beyond 04/04/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
Tubman Center for Health & Freedom Allies for Healthier Systems for Health & Abundance in Youth 11/11/22 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Building Changes Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund 04/13/20 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Turnaround for Children, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) Collaborative (2021-2022) 04/08/21 $600,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities General Operating Support 03/25/20 $600,000.00 Education
School Board Partners Advancing Anti-Racist Policy (General Operating Support) 11/03/22 $650,000.00 Education
Education Trust Inc. Alliance for Resource Equity Core Operating Support 06/03/20 $700,000.00 Education
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) Core Operating Support 04/29/20 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
The Freedom Bound Center dba Sol Collective BELE Network: Community Responsive Education (CRE) “Ethnic Studies & Youth Wellness Index” (2020-2022) 10/29/20 $700,000.00 Education
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support (2022-2024) 12/01/21 $700,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy