Raikes Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Raikes Foundation’s higher education grants broadly work to provide all students with access to a quality education in the United States. It also has a focus on youth homelessness believing success isn’t possible without a holistic approach to the individual.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations that focus on supporting marginalized, vulnerable and historically disenfranchised students.

PROFILE: In 2002, the Raikes’ established the Raikes Foundation, initially focusing on young people. Jeff and Tricia Raikes met in the early 1980s while working for Microsoft. The couple later married and Jeff Raikes went on to serve as the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2017, the foundation’s focus evolved to “[b]reak down the barriers that stand in the way of young people’s success and build up the environments where they learn, live and grow.” The foundation’s grantmaking programs include Education, Expanded Learning Opportunities and Youth Homelessness.  

The foundation’s Education program broadly focuses on grantming young people “[a]ccess to rich, supportive and challenging education experiences that affirm who they are and prepare them to thrive as adults in family, community and career.” This program awards grants to organizations located all over the United States. The foundation limits its Expanded Learning Opportunities grants to organizations working in Washington state.  Rather than name more specific higher education grantmaking interests, the foundation takes a broad approach allowing them to fund a variety of projects.

Raikes Foundation grants vary widely, ranging from $750 to nearly $2 million. The majority of grants range between $10,000 to $250,000. Past higher education grantees include the University of Chicago, which received funding for its Consortium on School Research; and the Leland Stanford Junior University, which received a grant for its Education Research that Scales Core Operations project. To learn more about the types of organizations Raikes supports and at what level, explore its grantees list.

The Raikes Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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