Raisbeck Foundation


Embedded in the culture at Raisbeck Engineering is the importance of giving back to the community. We all take pride knowing that our profits not only go back into our company for future growth and product development, but a substantial portion has traditionally gone into community service in various ways.

James and his wife Sherry Raisbeck established the Raisbeck Foundation as a means to support and distribute this giving. Over the years, the Raisbecks' community involvement and generosity has increased exponentially as they find more ways to positively affect the greater Seattle community and beyond. Their focus is to act as leaders in the community for philanthropic activities. "My wife Sherry and I are pleased to support specific areas in which we are personally involved. These include the areas of education and STEM, the arts, and the bio-medical field," notes James Raisbeck.

Raisbeck Engineering, either directly or through the Raisbeck Foundation, continues to do its corporate civic duty in the greater Seattle area by supporting Medic One, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and University of Washington Medicine.

Raisbeck Aviation High School is the latest recipient of the Raisbeck gifting, to help raise a new building for their 400 students on the Seattle Museum of Flight's campus, which opened its doors in September 2013.

Previous significant gifts by the Raisbeck Foundation have included an International Touring Fund for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Opera Principal Singers' Fund, Cornish College of the Arts for new educational facilities and scholarships, the Seattle Symphony's Guest Artists Circle, and Purdue University for a Distinguished Engineering Chair in the field of applied aerodynamics, accompanied by scholarships.

Since 1996, over 20 million dollars has been gifted, and several million more pledged.

James Raisbeck drives his Cord automobile to Raisbeck Aviation High SchoolJames Raisbeck celebrates the arrival of the Lockheed Electra 10E to the Museum of Flight (in the Backyard of Raisbeck Aviation High School) with one of Amelia Earhart's favorite cars — the Cord — and student from RAHS!


Raisbeck Aviation HS News

JULY 2014
rahs students step july 2014

"School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Welcomes Raisbeck Aviation High School Students to Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP) Program"
— Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics "Spotlights"

AAE was pleased to welcome four Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) students who were on campus for the July 2014 Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP) program.

Dr. Tom Shih, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor and Department Head, and Rita Baines, Director of Development, enjoyed spending time with students Noah Palmer, Navath Nahn, Carlos Navarro, and Jacyln Wing (pictured right with Rita Baines). Congratulations go to Jacyln, who was recognized as the Female Camper of the Week.

Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP) program participants are involved in collaborative classroom experiences that help them develop vital skills needed as an engineer taught by world-renowned Purdue faculty members, Purdue engineering students, and guest lecturers. The goal of STEP is to give participants a taste of what it is like to “be an engineer” as well as allowing them to have an informal experience of being an engineering student at Purdue University.

Raisbeck Aviation High School has received substantial generous support from Raisbeck Engineering, Inc. and its subsidiary Raisbeck Commercial Air Group, Inc. Chairman James D. Raisbeck (BSAE'61; DEA'79; OAE'99; HDR'05). In part, RAHS received funding to construct a new building for its 400 students on the Seattle Museum of Flight's campus, which opened its doors in September 2013.

Raisbeck Aviation HS News

OCTOBER 16, 2013
Raisbeck Aviation High School opening day
"Aviation High students land in their new school"

— Seattle Times

By John Higgins, Seattle Times education reporter

"There is no school quite like Raisbeck Aviation High School in the state and only a handful like it in the country that match STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — education with a specific industry. The grand opening of the school’s new building is Thursday [October 17, 2013].

"Since she was a little girl, Skye Mceowen dreamed of a life among the stars.

"But until she transferred to Raisbeck Aviation High School as a sophomore, a career in commercial spaceflight seemed light years removed from the boring classes she was taking."


OCTOBER 17, 2013
James and Sherry Raisbeck pose with Raisbeck Aviation High School Mascot
"Flags wave, students cheer for Raisbeck Aviation High School's grand opening"

— Puget Sound BizTalk

By Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal

"A huge colorful celebration with lots of hoopla was staged for the grand opening Thursday of Raisbeck Aviation High School, located at The Museum of Flight and operated by Highline Public Schools.

"Formerly known as Aviation High School and now located on the campus of the museum, the school was the focal point of many tours today [October 17, 2013].

"Earlier, a crowd of some 800 people gathered on the tarmac in front of the museum to welcome a special Alaska Airlines 737-900ER, filled with 100 students and some dignitaries. The gleaming plane taxied right into the parking lot, to crowds of cheering, flag-waving students, their families and others."