Raising Cane’s Founder Presents $100,000 Donation to Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Published 5:30 am Sunday, September 25, 2022

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.  – Raising Cane’s and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) kicked off their long-term partnership to help empower Hispanic students all over the country to pursue and complete a higher education, as well as set them up for success in their future careers.

To mark the occasion, Raising Cane’s Founder and Co-CEO Todd Graves presented a $100,000 check to HSF Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Araceli Ruano. The two leaders showed a genuine appreciation for each other’s work and discussed ways that this new partnership will work to advance higher education for all students across the country. The meeting took place in one of Raising Canes’ newest locations in El Segundo, California.

Education and entrepreneurship are two of Raising Canes’ six areas of focus for Active Community Involvement – making HSF a perfect fit for partnership with Raising Cane’s. Additionally, more than 30% of Raising Cane’s Crewmembers are Hispanic, and the company operates in several primarily Hispanic markets.

“Our top priority at Raising Cane’s has always been to support our Crewmembers and the communities in which we serve,” Graves said. “We believe in training our Crew to be the best at everything they do, and that’s exactly what HSF stands for. We are glad to partner with HSF in advancing their important mission of setting students up for success as they work to achieve their dreams.”

Since 1975, HSF has awarded more than $675 million to 65,000 HSF Scholars that are pursuing or have completed their college degree. The organization’s mission is to empower students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete higher education and earn a degree.

“It’s thanks to generous donations like this that allow us to provide students with the resources they need to succeed in higher education,” said Ruano. “It was great to spend some time with Todd yesterday afternoon, hearing about his commitment to supporting not just his Crewmembers, but the communities in which Raising Cane’s operates. We’re excited to partner with Raising Cane’s and we look forward to seeing all the lives that will be impacted by their support.”

Raising Cane’s has a long history of supporting worthy causes across the United States. More than 30,000 local organizations and nonprofits are supported through the brand’s 650+ Restaurants, totaling more than $100 million in funds given over the past 25 years.


Raising Cane’s is the nation’s fastest-growing chicken finger concept, rapidly approaching 700 restaurants in over 35 states and Guam as it opens 100 new Restaurants across 10 new markets in 2022.  The company has ONE LOVE® – craveable chicken finger meals – which includes the iconic “Cane’s Sauce” – named the #1 sauce in the quick-service industry. Raising Cane’s is consistently recognized for being a great place to work – most recently earning them a spot on Glassdoor’s ”Best Places to Work” list, and Forbes’ “America’s Best Large Employers” list. Raising Cane’s was also recently recognized in the inaugural Forbes Halo 100 for excellence in delivering customer satisfaction and brand trust. More information is available at raisingcanes.com.


Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, Scholars, and Alumni as possible. HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every family across the nation, mobilizing communities to proactively advance that goal—each individual, over a lifetime, in every way they can. HSF also seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter, and excel in a profession, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations supporting higher education, HSF has awarded over $675 million in scholarships and provides a broad range of programs and support services for students, parents, HSF Scholars, and HSF Alumni. For more information about HSF, please visit hsf.net