What we Fund

The Norman Raab Foundation envisions a forward-thinking, healthy world that encourages innovation and supports local communities

The majority of the foundation's granting falls within three program areas: Education, Health and Research, and Human Services. Our grant recipients are typically located and conduct their work in the areas where the three generations of the Raab family currently reside: the Mid-Atlantic states, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Seattle metropolitan area. In all program areas, we support projects that serve local communities.

Update for 2017: Our 2017 Grant Application program will be focused on projects within our Education program area. Only organizations providing Education programming will be invited to apply to our Grant Application program.

Grant awards by the Norman Raab Foundation are made through an invitation only application process. See the Application Process page for more information.


Education - 2017 Focus Area

We are committed to the idea that educational opportunity is critical to all people reaching their potential and contributing positively to our world. The Foundation supports a wide spectrum of educational initiatives focused on early childhood, K-12 and adult learning. Our specific areas of funding interest for 2017 include teacher training and curriculum support, after-school and summer academic support, and early learning programs. We also support educational programs that address abuse prevention and health and wellness topics for youth and families.

Health and Research Sciences - Closed to new applicants in 2017

We support scientific research that cultivates the sustainability and well-being of our communities. The Foundation funds scientific inquiry and the application of practical knowledge to the healthcare and medical fields and environmental science. Areas of funding interest include healthcare access for underserved populations, gun violence prevention research, and specific medical research topics.

Human Services - Closed to new applicants in 2017

We recognize the importance of meeting basic human needs for individuals and families. The Foundation supports organizations that provide housing and meal assistance, victim support and advocacy, family support and violence prevention services in our local communities. We seek a balance between prevention initiatives and responding to immediate needs in our Human Services funding.


Philanthropy Today is a student led giving club program offered in a selection of public schools in Bucks County, PA. The program provides a framework for each student club to make collective funding decisions to charitable organizations that impact their communities. Through research, site visits and collaborative decision-making, each student club gains experience in the ideas and practice of philanthropy.

Read more about the 2015-16 Philanthropy Today clubs here.

Additional Grant Programs:

The Foundation awards a limited number of grants at the recommendation of our most senior trustees. These grants, which we call Legacy Grants, are by invitation only and have a distinct process.

A portion of our annual grant budget is made outside of our application processes, and instead are directed by our Board of Trustees in response to current events or to support current Board priorities.

The Foundation

The Norman Raab Foundation is a family foundation historically based in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Foundation was created in 1968 by Norman Raab (1915-2005) as a way to promote active philanthropic giving by his descendants. Norman Raab was a business leader in the garment industry in Philadelphia and New York. Today, two generations of family serve on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the main Foundation office is located in Seattle, WA.

The Norman Raab Foundation envisions a forward-thinking, healthy world that encourages innovation and supports local communities. We support charitable organizations focused on education, health and research, and community based human services.

Mission Statement

The Norman Raab Foundation supports educational programs, the biological and environmental sciences and human service organizations that value innovation and create measurable change in their local communities.

The mission of the Foundation is to promote a forward thinking, healthy world through the spirit of mitzvah, an act of human kindness.