The Ray Solem Foundation was created to carry out the directions stated by Richard Ray Solem (known to family and friends as Ray) before his death on January 4, 2006. He wrote
I have always been driven by an internal sense of purpose - a belief that service to mankind should take precedence over personal comfort, status or accumulation of assets.
Ray wanted the bulk of his estate to go - through his charitable foundation - to find creative ways to help poor immigrants advance within the United States of America and become productive citizens. An entrepreneur in his own right, he took a personal interest in the challenges faced by immigrants in the workplace. Moreover, he excelled in thinking 'outside the box' and strived to find unusual and effective methods that overcame obstacles to achieving goals.
The Ray Solem Foundation will not have a grant-offering process in 2014.