Our Story

Our Mission

Mission of Ray C. Fish Foundation is to assist in the support and/or advancement of qualified educational, scientific, and other charitable organizations to achieve their charitable purposes.

Our Vision

We envision Texas as a vibrant state with a history where opportunity and "can do" encouragement are "norms" in pursuing healthy community activities.

About Us

Ray C. Fish respected the qualities of knowledge, success, and decency; and in last few years of his life discovered the importance of spirituality in a person’s life. Throughout his business career, he constantly encouraged his associates and employees to set goals on “the horizons” and go on to achieve them with boldness and purpose.

In 1957, Ray established the Ray C. Fish Foundation to benefit present and future generations of Texans in their pursuit of the American Dream through supporting the establishment, operation or advancement of qualified educational, scientific, and other charitable organizations that assist others in developing their entrepreneurial spirit and achieve their goals in life through individual effort and hard work.

Since its inception, over 300 different Texas institutions have received support from the Ray C. Fish Foundation. The diverse group includes universities and colleges, hospitals, medical research programs, children’s aid groups, museums, schools, libraries, parks, and many others.

Giving History

Past Major and Significant grants by the Ray C. Fish Foundation:

  • M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute(Houston, Tx)
  • Austin College (Sherman, Tx)
  • The Center for Hearing and Speech (Houston, Tx)
  • Cowboys Artists of America Museum (Kerrville, Tx)
  • Hill Country Youth Ranch (Ingram, Tx)
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, Tx)
  • The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Tx)
  • Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy (Houston, Tx)
  • St. John’s School (Houston, Tx)
  • Schreiner University – Library and Nursing School (Kerrville, Tx)
  • The Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research(Houston, Tx)
  • Texas A&M University – George Bush Presidential
  • Library, founding grant (College Station, Tx)
  • Texas Heart Institute – founding grant (Houston, Tx)
  • Wortham Theatre – founding grant (Houston, Tx).

Our Founder

Ray C. Fish was born in 1902 to a Rhode Island family of modest means.  His grandfather was the captain of a “Yankee Clipper” sailing South Pacific Trade Routes in the mid 1800’s and was a moving force in Ray’s vision of opportunities “beyond the horizon”.

In his formative years, going to college was not the trend at this time.  Not being afraid of hard work, Ray at the age of 21, chose to go west across the country to work in the oil patch in California during the Post World War I era of the 1920’s.  As a hard worker, he gained working knowledge of pipeline construction by rough-necking in the oil fields and doing other construction work.  He became wise in the management of men, oil field construction, and goal setting for achieving his objectives.  His professional career was launched in 1927 when he began supervising the engineering and construction of gasoline and refining plants for J.A. Campbell Company of Los Angeles.