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Mission&Values

The Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Schusterman includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation-Israel, ROI Community and REALITY.

Committed to inspiring progress through big ideas and bold action, Schusterman works in partnership and on the ground to strengthen the Jewish people, the State of Israel, public education in the United States and the quality of life in our hometown of Tulsa, OK. Schusterman pursues its mission by providing young people with high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service opportunities that foster their growth as individuals and as leaders in their communities, the Jewish world and beyond.

Our integrated system of global grantmaking, leadership and program development, and networking alliances embodies our founders’ innovative approach to communal change.

Our core focus areas include:

  • Jewish identity and community: Strengthening the identities and leadership capacities of young Jews to ensure a diverse, dynamic Jewish future that is inclusive, deeply connected to Israel and committed to making the world a better place. Learn more about our work in the Jewish community.
  • Israel: Deepening the connection and commitment to Israel on the world stage while also helping Israel meet the demands of its growing and increasingly diverse society, primarily in the areas of child protection and the renewal of Jerusalem. Learn more about our work in Israel.
  • Public education: Investing in reform efforts within and outside of U.S. school systems that improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students. Learn more about our work in public education.
  • Tulsa, OK: Enhancing the quality of life in our hometown of Tulsa, OK, primarily in the areas of child protection and youth development. Learn more about our work in Tulsa.

Values


When our founders, Charles and Lynn Schusterman, began their philanthropic journey in 1987, they gave powerful expression to five core values that filled the home they built together and that continue to define our philanthropic agenda:

  • A profound devotion to Judaism, the Jewish people and the Jewish State. We believe that the ethics, values and lessons inherent in Judaism remain as relevant today as they have for thousands of years and that the perpetuation of the Jewish community and the State of Israel is of paramount importance for the Jewish people and for society as a whole.
  • A commitment to fulfill the imperative of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Jewish tradition teaches that we have a duty to help make our world a better place. We believe that Rabbi Tarfon, a great Jewish sage, spoke for all humanity when he explained that “while no one person is obligated to complete the task [of tikkun olam], neither is anyone free to desist from it.” 
  • A commitment to providing all people with access to education. A good education is critical to ensuring a better future for our children, our communities, our country and our world. We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to learn in safe, secure, nurturing environments so they can pursue the knowledge and skills they need to lead self-sufficient lives and to help strengthen their communities.
  • A deep affection for the citizens of our hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In keeping with our founders’ vision, we have always supported and strengthened the communities closest to our hearts. We believe that striving to enhance the quality of life in your home community is a fundamental responsibility of those blessed with the resources to pursue that noble objective.
  • A belief in forging communities rooted in inclusion, equality and diversity. Central to Jewish tradition is the obligation to treat all people with derekh eretz (civility and humanity) and chesed (mercy and kindness). We believe that our rich diversity of backgrounds, passions and interests is a source of vitality and strength. All people should feel safe in and proud of who they are and experience a strong sense of community and connectedness.

Even as our philanthropy has evolved to meet the needs of an increasingly complex and interconnected world, we have remained as we began: a group of passionate people committed to helping others realize their full potential.

Diversity Statement (Adopted August 2007)


The Schusterman Family Foundation’s philanthropic entities values diversity in its employment practices, in the organizations it supports and in all of its other endeavors.

We believe that an understanding of and an appreciation for differences—age, color, disability, sex, race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression—lead to healthy and inclusive communities. We believe that by respecting all people and hearing all voices—by celebrating our shared humanity—we make better decisions for ourselves and for the communities we serve.