Mindful of the founders' advice to their children that an education is the only gift they can receive that cannot be taken away, the Rice Family Foundation's mission is to empower people to seize opportunities that foster personal development, self-esteem and leadership to achieve one's maximum potential. The Foundation is interested in supporting entrepreneurial programs and organizations that will advance the development of humankind, stimulate personal excellence and promote values that we embrace:
At the Rice Family Foundation, we are guided by the belief that education is the means to achieving one's potential, which, in turn, will ultimately benefit all of society. We further believe that the most effective way to fulfill this mission is to invest in educational and developmental programs. After the Foundation's inception and as a result of several years of research and findings in the field of education, we became extremely interested in and began to embrace the concept of early childhood literacy . An overwhelming abundance of evidence shows that children who have an opportunity to experience quality early childhood education are more likely to succeed academically and socially and to grow up to become contributing and successful citizens. Thus, the current primary focus of the Rice Family Foundation is early childhood literacy.