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.
Requests for funds should describe why an organization’s program is
especially creative and what makes it unusually effective. Both objectives
and outcomes should be included. The foundation would also like to know
generally how a grant would be used; there is no need for budget detail.
Priority continues to be given to organizations helping victims of
human trafficking and domestic violence and unaccompanied immigrant youth.
Priority is also given to organizations with incomes under $1 million where
a grant of $10,000 has a bigger impact.
The foundation does not award grants for brand-new, proposed projects,
because there are other organizations that specialize in funding new ideas.
We fund ongoing programs within organizations and entire organizations that
Requests must be in Word or Adobe format no longer than five pages single
sided, single or double spaced in ten or twelve point font. They must be
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 30 of the current calendar
year. Paper mailed applications are not accepted. Supplementary information
such as brochures and annual reports is not included in the five page count.