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About The Ray Foundation, Inc.

The Ray Foundation, Inc. supports educational organizations whose programs develop life skills such as self-discipline, self-confidence and ownership of one’s own decisions. The skills that are developed during flight training can enable students to achieve success throughout their life.

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The Team Behind The Vision

James C. Ray and his wife, Joan, founded the Ray Foundation, Inc. in 1963. Their faith in the strength of our country rests in the belief that youth equipped with strong life skills, combined with talent and energy, will be the leaders of tomorrow.

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Investing In The Future of Aviation

The Ray Foundation, Inc. strives to fund grants to organizations with a focus on aviation that give the youth of America the opportunity to develop the life skills and drive for success that were instilled in our founder during his US Army Air Corps training.

Welcome to the Ray Foundation, Inc.

Founded in 1963

Ray Foundation, Inc. supports programs and organizations, primarily within the field of aviation, that develop life skills such as honesty, work ethic, self-confidence and self-discipline in young adults. Our founders, James C. and Joan L. Ray, felt that with these personal attributes, a person can truly be free to pursue their dreams and succeed in life.

Ray Foundation, Inc. takes an active role in developing the programs of our grant recipients. By defining goals and performance metrics, we ensure the highest possible “Return on Philanthropic Investment” (RPI). Our measure of RPI includes several variables of the traditional financial sense, such as efficiency, balance sheet and income statement metrics. We also take into consideration many factors familiar to venture capital investors such as timing, positioning, scale and scope, business plan and confidence in management. Often unquantifiable in numbers, these factors are the critical “Right Stuff” to help ensure success.

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