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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Graduate School of Education's Dean Fund 12/01/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
United States Ski Team Foundation General Operating Support 11/10/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Power California General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
University Of Washington Foundation Accelerating Social Transformation Program 07/10/20 $7,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2021) 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club 12/01/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
University of Southern California General Operating Support 03/22/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Obliteride 06/30/20 $500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2021) 07/22/21 $18,000.00 Community Giving
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 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Annual Membership (2020) 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Promise54 General Operating Support 04/04/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
OneAmerica General Operating Support 07/10/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2021) 07/29/21 $12,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Foundation General Operating Support 09/28/22 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund 10/21/21 $50,000.00 Community Giving
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2020) 10/23/20 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 11/20/20 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward 10/21/21 $15,000.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 09/14/20 $1,500.00 Community Giving
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 08/24/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
African American Policy Forum General Operating Support 12/01/21 $100,000.00 Conditions of Racial Equity Cross Cut
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
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University Student Experience Project: College Transition Collaborative Design, Implementation, Research & Tool Development 05/12/21 $1,094,980.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education 2021 Annual Conference Sponsorship 06/11/21 $7,500.00 Education
University of Toledo Student Experience Project (SEP) Learning Partners Facilitation & Planning 10/29/21 $20,000.00 Education
Grantmakers For Education Annual Membership (2022) 04/05/22 $3,700.00 Education
Colorado State University Reinvention Collaborative Annual Conference 09/20/21 $7,500.00 Education
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
Young Invincibles Young Advocates Program College Student Success Cohort 09/01/21 $150,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
Colorado State University Boyer Commission 2040: Blueprint for Excellence & Equity in Undergraduate Education 10/08/21 $50,000.00 Education
New York University NYU Metro Center General Operating Support 10/25/21 $50,000.00 Education
The Institute for Higher Education Policy General Operating Support 12/02/22 $50,000.00 Education
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 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 Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 04/21/22 $200,000.00 Education
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Network for College Success General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Foundation for California Community Colleges California Learning Lab First Inaugural Annual Conference 07/19/22 $10,000.00 Education
Equal Opportunity Schools General Operating Support (BELE Network) 03/27/20 $1,500.00 Education
Third Way Institute General Operating Support 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Education
Turnaround for Children, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 06/12/20 $500,000.00 Education
National Association of System Heads Equity Action Initiative 12/15/22 $100,000.00 Education
Transcend, Inc. BELE Network: General Operating Support 08/18/20 $140,000.00 Education
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Policy Working Group Collaborative (2020) 07/17/20 $980,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education
National Equity Project BELE Network: Place Based Leading Equitable Redesign Network (LERN/AEREN) (2019-2023) 10/01/20 $1,080,000.00 Education