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
Solidaire Network Movement Protection Fund 11/10/22 $125,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Global Impact Philanthropy Together "Social Justice Giving Circles" 09/10/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American College (dba American College of Financial Professionals) Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact "Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Alumni Research Project" 12/01/21 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Building Changes Lived Experience Coalition Strategic Plan Development 08/01/20 $125,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact-Driven Philanthropy Collaborative Fund Core Operating Support 08/08/22 $125,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 10/24/22 $112,500.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program 10/01/20 $105,000.00 Youth Homelessness
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Association of System Heads Equity Action Initiative 12/15/22 $100,000.00 Education
JustFund US General Operating Support 06/01/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Tides Foundation Core Operating Support - Center for Working Families Fund 11/03/22 $100,000.00 RED Base
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 12/17/20 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (RENEWAL) 08/10/22 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Movement Strategy Center Next Generation Fund General Operating Support 10/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Social Justice Fund Northwest General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" 09/02/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/16/21 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing General Operating Support 12/22/21 $100,000.00 Youth Serving Systems - Cross Cutting
Social Venture Partners International General Operating Support 01/21/21 $100,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts (Historical)
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
Think of Us Envisioning and Co-Creating an Anti-Racist Legal System for Children 11/16/22 $100,000.00 RED Base
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Seattle Girls School Rise Up Campaign 08/13/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
True Colors United Expansion of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness 07/01/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/01/21 $95,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The Get Schooled Foundation #WeBelongInCollege National Campaign 07/01/20 $85,000.00 Education
Child Welfare Innovations Inc. Foster America: Leveraging Human Centered Design Expertise to Prevent Youth Homelessness 06/24/20 $79,970.00 Youth Homelessness
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 06/24/22 $75,000.00 Education
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc General Operating Support 10/25/22 $75,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Highlander Research & Education Center Inc. Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) General Operating Support 08/26/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Conflict Transformation Fund Operating Support 10/20/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
North Star Fund Inc. Giving Project Network Operating Support 01/21/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Seattle Parks Foundation Community-Centric Fundraising General Operating Support 10/13/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
NEO Philanthropy AAPI Civic Engagement Fund 05/11/21 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 08/02/21 $75,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth 6560 Rapid Response Team 12/01/21 $70,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. Prevention Interventions & National Discussions on Preventing Tracks on Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness 05/12/21 $70,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative Youth Homelessness Prevention Steering Committee 01/04/22 $57,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Coalition For Juvenile Justice Collaborating for Change 11/15/20 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Homelessness Law Center State Index on Youth Homelessness (V4) 08/31/21 $55,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Children’s Defense Fund General Operating Support 06/01/22 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Panorama Global Hyphen Partnerships General Operating Support 06/04/21 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Building Changes Partnership for Zero 04/26/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Common Counsel Foundation Movement for Black Lives "Black Power Rising Vision 2024" Core Operating Support 12/07/22 $50,000.00 Racial Equity and Democracy
Center for Community Change Workshop Fellowship 08/02/22 $50,000.00 Community Giving