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The Ray Charles Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-03-29

At A Glance

The Ray Charles Foundation, Inc.

(formerly Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders, Inc.)

2107 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA United States 90018-1536

Telephone: (323) 737-8000


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $49,141,403

Total giving: $4,565,000






Incorporated in 1986 in CA - Founded by the late Ray Charles, who was a pianist and singer-songwriter. He won seventeen Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame, in addition to receiving numerous other awards. Among his many recordings are his first hit "Confession Blues," "I Got A Woman," "A Fool for You," "Hit the Road Jack," "One Mint Julep," "Unchain My Heart" and "Georgia On My Mind," which was named the state song of Georgia in 1979. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Charles number ten on their list of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to provide financial support in the areas of hearing impairment and disorders, education, and youth development.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Hearing care
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $49,141,403 (market value)

Expenditures: $9,262,380

Total giving: $4,565,000

Qualifying distributions: $5,832,660

Giving activities include:

$4,565,000 for 19 grants (high: $3,000,000; low: $12,500)