our causes

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Supporting the Next Generation of STEM & Health Care Leaders. The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is a unique partnership helping to build the next generation of professionials in science, engineering, mathematics, health care and other high-demand fields. WSOS supports low- and middle-income students pursuing these majors and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.


Starting in April 2015, the Rubens Family Foundation granted $20,000,000 towards the WA Opportunity Scholarship over the next 5 years, to help support students achieve their goals of a degree in a STEM or health care field and build a bright future.

College Success Foundation

The College Success Foundation provides college scholarships and mentoring sessions to underrepresented students in Washington State as well as Washington D.C. The foundation has a special unified system of academic support and scholarships for low-income and underserved students, giving them the opportunity they deserve to finish high school, graduate college and succeed in life.


Beginning in 2013, the Rubens Family Foundation has awarded the College Success Foundation (CSF) $4,500,000 in grants for 180 four year scholarships to underprivileged and low income students to attend college. 

Assistance League (Eastside)

Assistance League of the Eastside is a non-profit organization that raises funds through voluntary activities that support and aid the improvement of the lives of children and families in the local areas. Assistance League hosts philanthropic events to provide services that clothe children in need and assist survivors of assault.


In 2014, the Rubens Family Foundation (RFF) has donated $500,000 to support Assistance League of Eastside and their various philanthropic events. All donations and grants go towards providing the services to improve the quality of life for children and adults in the local community.

Antioch Adoptions

Antioch Adoptions is a non-profit, licensed child placement agency that provides a no-fee adoption service to Christian families. Antioch Adoptions efforts hope to see all children at foster care get adopted into forever families, and for more families to be able to afford infant adoptions. All donations go towards operation of the agency and helping find families for children in need of the support of a loving family.


The Rubens Family Foundation works with Antioch Adoptions to provide no-cost adoptions for families looking to adopt underprivileged children. A $500,000 grant will be used to hire and support new case workers.

Rainier Scholars

Rainier Scholars develops academic perseverance and leadership skills of talented, hard-working students of color. Their program provides low-income students of adverse backgrounds with the educational opportunities that support the scholars and families to increase the likelihood of college graduation and empowering new generations of leaders. All donations and grants go towards college graduates and strengthening the opportunities of future leaders.


Starting in 2014, the Rubens Family Foundation granted $1,150,000 over the next 5 years to the Rainier Scholars program, providing enriched academic support and scholarships for children of adversity.

TAF Academy is a 6th-12th grade STEM-focused partner school–that prepare students for college and careers. TAF offers successful technology based programs for Greater Seattle's students of color that engage with STEM disciplines and prepare them for college-level study and professional roles.

Rubens Family Foundation has supported the TAF Annual Luncheon since 2015 with a combined grant of $300,000 to continue their work in STEM education in underserved areas of Seattle. This provides continued quality support and guidance from teachers and staff members that work with the students to and through college, and into their careers.

TAF Technology Access Foundation
Detlef Schrempf Foundation

The Detlef Schrempf Foundation is a non profit organization that produces special event fundraising opportunities to support NW children's charities. The founders, Mari and Detlef Schrempf, strongly believe in the importance of "a solid family life" and offer support to all children of all needs through their strong involvement to assist these organizations in expanding their fundraising efforts. 


The Rubens Family Foundation has supported the Detlef Schrempf Foundation since 2013 with a total of $360,000 grants to continue helping provide resources to The Inspire Youth Project, The Healing Center, and a variety of other charities.

Students are nominated for the Summer Search program in their sophomore year in high school. During the 7-9 years, the program provides students mentoring relationships and a full scholarship to summer experiences that broaden their world-view and personal skillset.


RFF has attended the Summer Search Annual Luncheons each year since 2015, granting $400,000 towards their program, supporting students short on opportunity and providing professional mentoring along with the chance for life changing experiences that kindle their character traits to find what kind of impact they can make in the world.

Summer Search
United Way of King County

United Way is strongly focused on building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

United Way of King County is helping young people in their journey to adulthood by reconnecting them through youth mentorship, technical assistance with financial aid, admissions, and support throughout the process so they can reach high school completion, post-secondary education and a stable career path.

In 2016, Rubens Family Foundation supported the United Way of King County-Reconnecting Youth Program with a $100,000 donation to aid their strides to educational success.

College Acess Now provides College Support Coordinator programs to low-income families to access, enroll, and graduate from college. CAN helps break down the process to ensure that all students have the benefit of a knowledgeable and supportive coach as they navigate the hurdles on their path to college graduation.

In May of 2016, the Rubens Family Foundation made a grant of $150,000 to College Access Now, which is matched dollar-for-dollar by the Ballmer family, making a three-year $300,000 investment towards CAN's College Support programs.

College Access Now

Friends of the Children is a mentoring program that assists the growth and improvement of vulnerable and challenged  young children from poor neighborhoods and neglected families. They are matched with a mentor that helps them in developmental areas of school success, social and emotional relationships. 


The Rubens Family has attended the event Inspiring Greatness:  An Evening to Benefit the Friends of the Children, since 2015 and donated over $450,000 to support the organization in helping children overcome difficult challenges and discover their strength and potential of a better future.

Friends Of The Children
(King County)

At Community for Youth, they offer a strong community and support to students and mentors. Throughout the academic year, students and mentors meet for directed workshops that discuss diverse topics around key life skills, goal-setting, resilience, and more.

Since January 2016, the Rubens Family Foundation has attended the Annual Auction Gala and contributed over $200,000 towards Community for Youth's mission of inspiring and supporting the social, emotional and academic development of students through mentoring, learning experiences and a powerful community.

Community For Youth

The Martinez Foundation teamed up with TAF in 2015 to continue their mission of diversifying teachers in our schools and directly impact the education of students. The Martinez Fellowship program provides support to teachers through graduate level scholarships, early career coaching, and ongoing professional development to aid the opportunity gap by recruiting and retaining teachers of color in Washington State.

In 2015, Rubens Family Foundation donated $25,000 towards the Martinez Fellowship Program to support the improvement of teacher diversity.

The Martinez Foundation

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne selected Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Strong Against Cancer initiative as this year’s beneficiary of The DRIVE.- A private charity concert, auction and celebrity-amateur golf event that took place in Cle Elum, Wash. The funds raised go towards research that supports immunotherapy – a medical treatment breakthrough in finding a cure for the thousands of young people all around the world battling cancer.

Rubens Family Foundation attended the Second Annual DRIVE event in June of 2015, RFF donated $25,000 towards the Seattle Children's Hospital and the Strong Against Cancer initiative.

The DRIVE Event
- Russell Wilson & Kasey Kahne

TFA is a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach and to effect change in under-resourced urban and rural public communities giving all students access to an excellent education. Donations contribute to their national movement, of pursuing significant progress in a diverse community, path-changing impact on children, and accelerating leadership roles.

Rubens Family Foundation gifted $25,000 to Teach For America - Washington in May of 2016, to support their efforts to recruit, support and engage teachers and leaders that work tirelessly with the students and communities.

Teach For America

Marine Corps Foundation is making a difference on young lives by helping lessen the financial burden for the children of our Marines and Navy Corpsmen. The Marine Corps Foundation provides need-based scholarships and access to affordable education for their children attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. 

In 2016, RFF donated $10,000 to Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation to support the children of Marines to get the exceptional education they deserve.

Marine Corps
Scholarship Foundation

Homeward Pet is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in the Seattle area. Their mission is to help return hope to neglected and abused animals by providing care, shelter, and a new home. Donations go towards providing shelter and nurture for homeless animals as well as support of the community through their Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic and the Homeward Pet Food Bank.


Rubens Family Foundation donated $5,000 to help support the care of the animals taken in by Homeward Pets. Giving abandoned animals a second chance of rescue, shelter and adoption for a new home.

Homeward Pets: Rescue, Shelter, Adoption

The University of Washington Foundation is a channel for giving to support excellence in programs, services to their students, faculty, and/or facilities; all gifts are applied to the UW fund or allocated as designated by the donors.

Since 2016, the Rubens Family Foundation has gifted more than $60,000 to the UW Foundation and Making Connections Fund at the UW Women's Center. This fund provides support for the Making Connections program to increase college enrollment and career interest in STEM fields, especially for low-income students.

UW Foundation

Youth Eastside Services is a lifeline for kids and families that are dealing with an array of emotional, physcological, and physical challenges. Through a caring and supportive process, YES encourages positive growth in confidence, responsibility, and strengthens family relationships. They provide classes and fundraising events that help children and families overcome emotional barriers and cope with painful crises as they learn to make decisions that steer them towards living a happier and healthier life.


Since 2014, RFF has donated $30,000 to Youth Eastside Services that was put towards helping over challenged and underprivilidged kids and families get the help and support they need.

Youth Eastside Services
Children's Alliance

The Children’s Alliance is an advocacy for children dedicated to improving the health, safety, and economic well being of children in Washington state. By using the legal system, the Children's Alliance members work directly with our elected leaders, holding them accountable until they ensure that the laws, policies and programs being implemented are fair, equitable, and meet the kids' needs.

In 2016, The Rubens Family Foundation attended the Voices Luncheon, donating $10,000 to help provide and protect the healthy futures all kids deserve.

Seattle Works

Seattle Works is a non-profit organization that works to connect volunteers, develop leaders, and build a community of involved, diverse and young adults through innovative volunteer activities and educational opportunities.

In 2017, The Rubens Family Foundation made a gift of $15,000 towards the continued growth and impact of volunteerism in Seattle's community.

Pacific Science Center (Foundations of Science)

The Foundations of Science Breakfast helps to provide access to hands-on science experiences and opportunities that inspire and empower the next generation of great thinkers by igniting curiosity and fueling a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking.

The Rubens Family Foundation attended the 14th Annual Foundations of Science Breakfast this year and made a pledge of $50,000 to support youth programs like Discover Corps that empower the next generation of innovators, and fueling a passion for discovery, experimentation and critical thinking.

PAWS brings people together that like to help animals and to ensure animals are respected, safe and have a voice. PAWS provides support like rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people.

In August, The Rubens Family Foundation donated more than $50,000 to support PAWS in the comfort and care, and rehabilitation needs for thousands of animals in Washington State.

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

@2013 by Rubens Family Foundation.

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