In 2000, The Rawlings Foundation, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as an extension of the long history of mission and outreach by the Rawlings family. The purpose of the Foundation is to further the advancement of Christian education, values and teachings around the world, and support those in need in our local communities. To accomplish this mission, the Foundation receives its financial support from the successful operations of The Rawlings Group. The Foundation functioned very quietly for a number of years, but more recently, has partnered with international organizations, clients and our local community to achieve its goals.
The breadth and variety of the programs of The Rawlings Foundation are amazing, including:
Operation of youth camps in less developed countries, including Cambodia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. In addition, the Founda-tion provides funding to partner organizations for youth camps and other ministries in Brazil, China, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Romania. Through these outreach efforts, over 300,000 young people throughout the world were introduced to Christian values and teachings in 2016.
Operation of schools, bible seminaries and missionary training programs in Belgium, Botswana, Cambodia, Colombia, England and Mexico.
Compilation of one of the largest private collections of historical bibles in the nation, including a handwritten page of the Bible in Latin (circa 1200), a Gutenberg bible page (circa 1454), Tyndale New Testament (the first English publication in 1551) and the Geneva Bible (1603 edition – first Bible brought to the New World). These works are part of a lecture series on the history of the Bible and are used for scholarly research.
Operation of CityPlace, a center for economic development and community activities in LaGrange, Kentucky. In 2016, the second full year of operations, CityPlace will host over 70 events, from corporate training programs and weddings to cornhole tournaments and proms.
Financial support to local non-profit organizations, including Cedar Lake and Apple Patch (for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities). The Foundation also supports the local high school choirs and dance teams, as well as LaGrange fire and police departments. In addi-tion, the Foundation provides matching funds for contributions of the employees of The Rawlings Group. Each year, substantial funds are raised for a variety of organizations, including ALS Association, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Jill’s Wish Foundation, National MS Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and many others.
In 2011, The Rawlings Foundation partnered with a client, Coventry Health Plan, to assist a community in need. The Foundation contributed $500,000 to the Joplin Schools Foundation to rebuild the high school science lab destroyed by a tornado. The Foundation also provides annual financial support to the Starlight Children’s Foundation in conjunction with Emblem Health Plans in New York, and to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce with BCBS of North Carolina.
The far-reaching impact of The Rawlings Foundation within our local community, as well as nationally and internationally, would not be possible without the efforts of each of the employees of The Rawlings Group. It is the success of the Company that allows the Foundation to accomplish so much throughout the world.