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 in Word or Adobe Acrobat format no longer than five pages single sided, single or double spaced in ten or twelve point font should be emailed to The Ray Solem Foundation by April 30, 2017. Awards will be made to those organizations most creatively helping victims of human trafficking or domestic violence or to resolve or mitigate the youth immigration crisis and to other organizations most innovatively helping immigrants to become productive residents in the United States. Foundation staff will be the sole judges of the number and size of awards.