What does Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies do?
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies strives for a future in which the United States and Israel live up to their highest ideals and achieve more just and inclusive societies. We work to advance racial, gender and economic equity in the U.S., as well as to foster a more joyful and diverse Jewish community. In Israel, we work toward a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive society that cares for its most vulnerable. We aim to drive and support long-term systemic change through investments in leaders, organizations and U.S. public policy.
Why did your organization change its name?
In 1987, our organization was founded as the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. In January 2021, the Schusterman family announced that, going forward, their philanthropic work will be conducted under the name Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. The new name reflects the broad range of the Schusterman family’s philanthropic and advocacy efforts in the United States and Israel. Learn more about why we changed our public name in our official announcement and in a blog post by Stacy Schusterman.
In the U.S., Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies will include the charitable grantmaking and programmatic work of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, as well as the advocacy activities supported by the Schusterman family. In Israel, the organization will operate as Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies – Israel, which serves as the English translation of the registered amutah (nonprofit) קרן שוסטרמן – ישראל. Schusterman.org will now serve as the website for Schusterman Family Philanthropies and reflect highlights of key activities in the U.S. and Israel.
What are Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ core portfolios and funding priorities?
Our work is primarily focused in seven portfolios in which we hope to make a deep and lasting impact.
- Criminal Justice: We seek to build healthy and safe communities by ending mass criminalization and incarceration, repairing the harm caused by a criminal legal system built on structural racism, and creating new pathways to justice and safety. Learn more about our work in criminal justice reform.
- Education: We seek to build an equitable society in which Black and Latinx students from low-income backgrounds are able to access a high-quality, culturally relevant K12 education that empowers them to achieve social and economic liberation. Learn more about our work in education.
- Gender and Reproductive Equity: We seek to build an equitable world in which women, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, particularly Black women and women of color, have access to reproductive health knowledge and care, to greater political and economic power and leadership, and to safety in all aspects of their lives. Learn more about work in gender and reproductive equity.
- Israel: We seek to strengthen Israel as a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive society that cares for its most vulnerable. Learn more about our work in Israel.
- Jewish Community: We seek to strengthen the future of the Jewish community by empowering young people to connect with inclusive Jewish values, deepen their understanding of Israel and contribute to a better world. Learn more about our work in the Jewish community.
- Tulsa, OK: We support efforts to help youth and families in the Schusterman family’s hometown overcome the effects of systemic social, racial and economic inequality to achieve their full potential. Learn more about our work in Tulsa.
- Voting Rights: We support efforts to enable all citizens of the United States to exercise their constitutional right to vote easily and safely, free from voter suppression, so they can have their voices heard and equitably represented in policymaking. Learn more about our work in voting rights.
Within our Jewish and Israel portfolios, we operate a suite of initiatives designed to cultivate and elevate leaders:
- REALITY brings a diverse network of inspiring changemakers on a formative journey to Israel to strengthen their leadership and passion for repairing the world as well as to build their understanding of and connection to Israel. Learn more about REALITY.
- ROI Community is a global network of rising Jewish leaders who are transforming Jewish life and fostering positive social change in Israel, the U.S. and global Jewry. Learn more about ROI Community.
- Schusterman Fellowship is a highly selective leadership development program for exceptional Jewish leaders committed to driving change in their organizations, the Jewish world and beyond. Learn more about the Schusterman Fellowship.
Who are Charles and Lynn Schusterman?
Charles and Lynn Schusterman co-founded the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation in 1987 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 and experiences they need to better their lives and, in turn, become leaders in their communities. Learn more about Charles and Lynn.
Today, the Schusterman family’s philanthropic work is conducted under the name Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, which includes the charitable grantmaking and programmatic work of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, as well as the advocacy activities supported by the Schusterman family.
Who determines the overall direction of the organization?
Our organization is currently chaired by Stacy Schusterman, daughter of Charles and Lynn Schusterman. Learn more about Stacy.
How much does Schusterman Family Philanthropies give?
In 2020, the Schusterman family gave $450 million across its charitable and advocacy grantmaking, including over $150 million to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts, primarily supporting low-income individuals across the U.S. and Israel. Since our founding in 1987 through 2020, Schusterman Family Philanthropies has given over $1.8 billion to fund meaningful work across our seven portfolios.
How do I apply for a grant?
We do not accept unsolicited grant proposals from organizations or individuals. Our grant application process is by invitation only.
Can individuals apply for grants from Schusterman Family Philanthropies?
No, we do not provide grants to individuals.
Does Schusterman Family Philanthropies accept donations?
We do not solicit nor accept donations. However, we encourage those who want to give to our organization to support public charities in our portfolios.
What is the REALITY program and how do I apply?
REALITY is a week-long leadership journey in Israel that gathers highly influential thinkers and trailblazers. Participants engage in an intensive, thoughtfully curated itinerary designed to elevate their leadership and ignite their ambition to change the world. They develop deep friendships and partnerships with peers from across the globe, while exploring Israeli culture, history and society as a platform for understanding complexities in their own communities and industries. You can apply for REALITY through a unique application link from an alumni or staff referral. Learn more about REALITY.
What is ROI Community and how do I apply?
ROI Community is an international network of activists and changemakers who are redefining Jewish engagement for a new generation of global citizens. Through its annual capstone Summit and an innovative suite of ongoing opportunities for professional development, networking and financial support, ROI empowers its members to take an active role in shaping the Jewish future.
Application to the ROI Summit is by recommendation. Each year, ROI Community members and organizational partners receive an invitation to recommend a candidate to join ROI Community. The candidate is then invited to apply to the upcoming ROI Summit. Learn more about ROI Community.
What is the Schusterman Fellowship and how do I apply?
The Schusterman Fellowship is a highly selective leadership development program for exceptional leaders committed to driving change in in the Jewish sector and the broader world. Our goal is to support, cultivate and invest in professionals motivated and ready to lead toward a more equitable and just future.
The Schusterman Fellowship is a nomination-based program, and we receive nominations from partner organizations and Senior Fellows. Learn more about the Schusterman Fellowship.
Does Schusterman Family Philanthropies have any jobs available?
Our current job openings can be found here.
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