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
Possibility Labs General Operating Support 11/09/21 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
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
Movement Strategy Center Next Generation Fund General Operating Support 10/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
New Venture Fund Communities for Just Schools Fund General Operating Support 07/10/20 $250,000.00 Special Initiatives
BVM (Black Voters Matter) Capacity Building Institute General Operating Support 09/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Boston University Center For Antiracist Research Assistant Director for Advocacy Position (2 years) 07/21/20 $170,000.00 Special Initiatives
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance for Global Justice Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Core Operating Support 08/21/20 $225,000.00 Special Initiatives
Alliance For Education Philanthropic Partners for Public Education (PPPE) Fund VIII (Year 1-3) 07/01/20 $450,000.00 Special Initiatives
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Seattle Equity Summit 2.0 07/10/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Education Forward Fund 12/01/22 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Fund 02/04/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
Brandeis University Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, & Resistance 05/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Black Future Co-op Fund 07/10/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
United Way Of King County Racial Equity Coalition (REC) and Love and Liberation Project General Support Funds 09/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
The Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund 03/20/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
OneAmerica General Operating Support 05/08/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Camelback Ventures Inc. General Operating Support 07/13/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Visionary Freedom Fund 07/10/20 $75,000.00 Special Initiatives
Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. General Operating Support 08/07/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Scholar Fund Undocumented Relief Fund 07/20/20 $25,000.00 Special Initiatives
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Milwaukee Freedom Fund 09/01/20 $10,000.00 Special Initiatives
Common Counsel Foundation Still We Rise Fund 12/07/20 $30,000.00 Special Initiatives
Borealis Philanthropy Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Core Operating Fund 12/15/20 $50,000.00 Special Initiatives
Holy Names Academy General Operating Support 10/06/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Bishop Blanchet High School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Cascade Public Media KCTS 9 General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/22/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
College Success Foundation General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Farestart General Operating Support 11/15/22 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Computer History Museum General Operating Support 11/14/22 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Seattle Girls School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
NPR Foundation General Operating Support 11/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Recovery Cafe General Operating Support 11/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Partners Asia General Operating Support 11/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Soulumination General Operating Support 11/14/22 $500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Independent Sector Annual Membership (2022) 09/19/22 $12,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
United Negro College Fund Inc. (Seattle Chapter) General Operating Support 10/06/22 $1,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
The Seattle Academy Of Arts And Sciences General Operating Support 10/06/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
University Child Development School General Operating Support 10/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Treehouse General Operating Support 11/15/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
TeamMates Mentoring Program General Operating Support 11/14/22 $5,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
U-Power General Operating Support 11/14/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Mitchell Kapor Foundation **N40 FUNDING** The Race Card Project Core Operations 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
UNF Charitable Fund Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) Annual Membership (2022) 12/01/22 $2,400.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Seattle Girls School Rise Up Campaign 08/13/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
University Of Nebraska Foundation General Operating Support 12/01/22 $10,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts