Raise Your Hand Foundation

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$15,740 raised by 19 donors

100% complete

$15,000 Goal

Raise Your Hand Foundation (RYHF) is a volunteer organization working in Liberia, West Africa, a country deeply impacted by 14 years of civil war and in 2014, the Ebola crisis.  To date we have sponsored over 2,600 young Liberian men and women in vocational, community college, and university programs, equipping them for critically needed careers of service to their nation.

Throughout Liberia and the Sacramento region we are known as the "RYHF Family".  Beyond scholarships, our team works hard to foster meaningful relationships across the continents and between students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds on our Liberian campuses.  Under the motto VISION, COURAGE, SERVICE, we walk alongside our students as they navigate the challenges of extreme poverty.  We celebrate big life events with them.  We mentor, counsel, help with career planning, and write letters of recommendation.  From Sacramento to deep in the "bush" in Liberia, the RYHF Family is united in a common belief:  Opportunity creates a path for a life of contribution and purpose.  The community we've built helps our students walk down that path with greater joy and confidence.

RYHF Speaker's Bureau:

Through our Speaker's Bureau we offer customized presentations for local college courses, philanthropic organizations, and classroom assemblies.  Our years of experience provide a wealth of inspirational stories, with topics that include the care of orphans and widows, tackling health challenges and medical care, women's issues, and education at all levels.  We seek to introduce one of the poorest countries in the world to our audiences, with all that includes - Liberia's beauty, culture,  historical ties to America, and the brave, resilient people we've had the privilege to work with for 15 years.  

To inquire about a presentation at your event, email bigdayofgiving@ryhf.org.


In Liberia, West Africa, 14 years of civil war devastated infrastructure and resulted in a critical loss of educated professionals needed for rebuilding. We are helping change that. Changing lives, strengthening a nation... one university scholarship at a time.


Ongoing Priority: Funding for scholarships and to meet urgent humanitarian needs of our students.

SPECIFIC FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR BDOG: To replenish Project REACH, the humanitarian arm of RYHF. This program provides thousands of dollars annually to meet emergency medical, food, transportation, and shelter needs of our students.

And volunteers - we need YOU! Data Entry, Graphic Design, Fundraising, Social Media Support. Join the RYHF Family today!

Equity Statement

In leadership and from student to graduate, we are the "RYHF Family".  

Our values and approach to equity intersect in one common goal:  To foster an environment of trust, support, and celebration.  In our RYHF Family, deep-seated cultural beliefs on economic status, gender, religion, and tribal affiliation are set aside with intention, so mutual respect and friendships can thrive. We look forward to watching this new generation of young Liberian adults change their nation as they carry these values and practices into the future.

Organization Data


Organization name

Raise Your Hand Foundation

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Organization Need

Funding: Program, Volunteers

Local Counties Served

Placer, Sacramento


1688 Orvietto Dr.
Roseville, CA 95661

Service areas

Placer, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Monrovia, Montserrado, LR

Bomi, LR



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