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In 1987, Charles and Lynn Schusterman began a philanthropic journey to help ensure a vibrant future for the Jewish people, the State of Israel and their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

At the heart of their philanthropy was a deep commitment to providing young people with the knowledge, self-confidence, experiences and resources they need to better their lives and, in turn, become leaders in their communities, the Jewish world and beyond.

They drew their inspiration from the Talmudic story of Honi the Circlemaker, who said, “Just as my parents planted for me, so I will plant for my children.” These words define our guiding philosophy: working today to build a better tomorrow.

While we have grown to accommodate new challenges and opportunities over the years, we remain as we started: a foundation committed to acting on the Jewish imperative of tikkun olam (repairing the world) to strengthen the communities and people we serve.

Today we are a multi-office, global network of initiatives and entities. We are proud of the hundreds of thousands of young people and scores of organizations we support that are working to repair and rebuild our world. They champion inclusion, equality and diversity. They seek greater educational opportunities for all young people. They are proud advocates for Israel and the Jewish people. And they work to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable among us, especially children.

Like them, our ambitions are large and continue to evolve, as we adapt to deliver the greatest impact in our core focus areas: the Jewish community, Israel, public education in the United States and Tulsa, Oklahoma. We pursue our mission guided by a belief that tomorrow can be better than today and committed to inspiring progress through big ideas, bold action and hard work.

Our story is the story of the Schusterman’s philanthropic vision and values brought to life. It is the story of the incredibly talented, committed individuals and organizations that inspire us every day and with whom we work in partnership and on the ground to transform lives, touch hearts and strengthen communities. It is the story of an organization shaped by the vision of day one and by the experiences of every day thereafter

For more, read A Most Notable Life, a report in honor of our late founder, Charles, and our 20th Anniversary Report, Celebrating 20 Years of Values in Action.

A Philanthropic Journey


The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is powered by a singular belief that drives our work every day: change IS possible and people like you make it happen. For over 25 years, we have been supporting inspiring organizations and passionate individuals who share our commitment to building a better world.

We invite you to explore our interactive timeline and experience firsthand the work and impact of our family, foundation and partners. We hope the stories will inspire you.

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