The playing field does not level itself

 Every gift helps to make possible the 12-year journey to college graduation for a young scholar.

There are multiple ways to donate

Make a secured one-time or recurring donation online by credit card.
Give a gift using your credit card by phone or mail. Please make checks payable to Rainier Scholars.
There are many ways to fund a scholar on their path to college. Learn about a few suggested ways you can make an impact.
Make a wire transfer, or take advantage of tax benefits by donating appreciated securities.

I have been pushed to achieve my goals even when my surroundings tugged me in the opposite direction.”

Ellis Simani, Cohort V, Lakeside School ’13, Claremont McKenna College ’17, ProPublica

Other ways to give

Employee matching gifts
Maximize your donation by contacting your human resources department to learn if your employer has a matching gifts program. Contact us with any questions about matching requests.
Name Rainier Scholars in your will or trust
One of the simplest ways to support Rainier Scholars is through your will or Revocable Living Trust. By including us in your estate plans, you can specify that your assets be directed to Rainier Scholars. If you include Rainier Scholars in your estate plans, please inform us of your generosity so we can thank you personally. We understand that your gift is non-binding and that you may change your estate plan at any time.
Create a beneficiary designation
You may name Rainier Scholars as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement accounts. In addition to providing you with potential tax advantages, beneficiary designations are a quick, convenient way to make a gift.

For more information about planned giving, please email our Development Director.

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“I cannot think of a more deserving group of young people in whom to invest.”

Kristina Ota Belfiore, Rainier Scholars Board of Trustees

Your impact

Our 2019-2020 Annual Report highlights the accomplishments of our scholars and gives thanks to our community of partners and supporters.


Download our current Rainier Scholars IRS Form 990. An audited financial summary is also available.  Please email Mary Bristow, Development Director or call (206) 407-2115 for a detailed financial summary report.

Tax Information

Rainier Scholars is a 501(c) 3 charity. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 91-2045918. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law, and we provide receipt/acknowledgement letters as gifts are received. To request a summary letter of your donations for the calendar year, please contact us.

Donor Privacy

Rainier Scholars respects the privacy of our donors. We do not sell, trade or rent donor information to others as outlined in our Donor Privacy Policy.

Contact the Development Office

Director of Development, Mary Bristow: email | phone (206) 407-2115

Director of Corporate Engagement, Bethany Furubayashi: email | phone (206) 909-3895

Development Manager, Jessie Schreiber: email | phone: (206) 838-6679

Mailing address

Rainier Scholars | Attn: Development | 2100 24th Ave S, Suite 360 | Seattle, WA 98144

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