Raising the Standard Foundation's mission is to empower, enhance, and expose traditionally under-represented youth in Fort Worth and surrounding areas through educational opportunities, mentorship and scholarships.


Raising the Standard Foundation is the catalyst for creating leaders who are college, career, and military ready and prepared to positively impact the economic, social and cultural landscape both locally and globally.

Raising the Standard Foundation achieved 501(c)3 status on August 12, 2014 by the Internal Revenue Service.

We believe all youth can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world. 

Message from the President


On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the members of Raising the Standard Foundation (RTSF), I would like to thank you for visiting our website.


Raising the Standard Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that is devoted to aiding students on their educational endeavors.  The foundation was organized in 2014 to provide assistance to students in Fort Worth and surrounding cities through our signature programs, service projects, and scholarships. The support of our members and community partners through generous donations and countless hours of service allow RTSF to fund our education-based programs and activities. Today RTSF is infused with generations of volunteers committed to a brighter tomorrow for our youth.


As you browse our website, please join us by supporting our programs. We welcome new corporate partners and donors who have a desire to make a tangible difference in the lives of young men and women in our community.  For information on how you can donate or get involved, click the donate and program links above.



Tavernar Baxter

President, Raising the Standard Foundation


RTSF Board of Directors


Tavernar Baxter



Allison Knott



Timeka Gordon

Member at Large


Florastine Mack

Executive Director


Sheila Barnett



Nicole Alexis

Member at Large


Nadia Powers

Grant & Development Coordinator

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Sherri Smith

Financial Secretary


Joel Carathers

Member at Large


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