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
Carnegie Foundation For Advancement Teaching W Coast Office Education 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Education
National Network for Youth Inc. Youth Homelessness Prevention Efforts 11/18/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center Youth Engagement Team Evaluation 11/20/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Point Source Youth Inc. 2020 4th Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness Prevention Track Sponsorship 02/07/20 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
True Colors United National Prevention Initiative Advancement 11/23/21 $15,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Power in Solidarity Gathering (2022) 02/17/22 $15,000.00 Community Giving
YouthCare General Operating Support 05/21/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center (formerly Accelerator YMCA) General Operating Support 06/05/20 $16,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 07/20/20 $17,300.00 Youth Homelessness
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2020) 05/22/20 $17,405.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners (Seattle) Annual Membership (2021) 07/22/21 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2021) 03/12/21 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Annual Membership (2022) 02/10/22 $19,405.00 Community Giving
Equity in Education Coalition General Operating Support 04/13/20 $20,000.00 Education
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 11/20/20 $20,000.00 Community Giving
African Community Housing & Development General Operating Support (via Young Adult Grant Advisory Committee) 07/07/21 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Proteus Fund Inc. Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative's IGNITE Event 10/14/22 $20,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Treehouse Project Education Impact Implementation 06/29/20 $20,000.00 Youth Homelessness
University of Toledo Student Experience Project (SEP) Learning Partners Facilitation & Planning 10/29/21 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2020) 09/10/20 $20,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Grantmakers for Thriving Youth Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $20,000.00 Education
Seattle University Center for Community Engagement Endowed Fund 06/16/21 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Neighborhood Funders Group General Operating Support 10/21/21 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Fostering Media Connections Washington State Youth Homelessness Coverage 04/08/21 $21,000.00 Youth Homelessness
YMCA of Greater Seattle Y Social Impact Center's Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) Program 10/27/21 $24,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Farestart General Operating Support 06/05/20 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 03/26/21 $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
Treehouse Ending Foster Care to Prison Pipeline 08/03/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Funders Network for Youth Success (Youth Homelessness) 10/23/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/17/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Funders Together To End Homelessness Inc Philanthropy's Role on Homelessness Prevention focused on Youth & Young Adults 10/29/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2020) 07/30/20 $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 11/03/21 $25,000.00 Community Giving
Johns Hopkins University P3 Research Lab General Operating Support 12/20/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Center for Effective Philanthropy COVID Pledge Research Project (Year Two) 08/21/20 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington Core Operations 05/01/20 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ryther Education of Stakeholders and Policymakers 03/16/22 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Donors of Color Network Inc. Annual Membership (2022) 11/15/22 $25,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Possibility Labs General Operating Support 11/09/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2021) 04/26/21 $25,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group Membership (2020) 12/03/20 $25,000.00 Education
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
National Public Education Support Fund Education Funders Strategy Group Membership (2022) 05/04/22 $25,000.00 Education
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives