Our Mission and Values
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce inequality.
Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. We invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.
Established in 1987, the Foundation has offices in Atlanta, GA; Jerusalem, Israel; San Francisco, CA; Tulsa, OK; and Washington, DC.
Core Focus Areas
Our work is focused in four primary areas in which we hope to make a deep and lasting impact:
National education: Investing in reform efforts within and outside of U.S. school systems that improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, with a particular focus on low-income communities. Learn more about our work in education.
Jewish community: Shaping diverse, inclusive Jewish communities, deeply connected to Israel and committed to making the world a better place. In addition to our grantmaking agenda, we operate a suite of initiatives, including ROI Community, REALITY and the Schusterman Fellowship, designed to advance our work. 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.
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.
Our work is inspired by our founders’ deep commitment to Jewish ethics, values and lessons. We ground our philanthropic vision in our commitment to the pursuit of justice (tzedek), repairing the world (tikkun olam), treating all people with civility and humanity (derekh eretz) and building inclusive communities.
These values shape the beliefs that inform our investments and define how we approach our work.
We believe in...
Equity: We seek to create a society that is more equitable, inclusive and respectful of all people. We work with partners from diverse backgrounds, faiths, perspectives and orientations to challenge structural inequity and bias and to address the needs of marginalized communities in the US and Israel.
Impact: We work toward real change by investing in organizations and leaders able to meaningfully address entrenched challenges and complex problems. We recognize change takes time and base our investments in on-the-ground realities and evidence about what works.
Optimism: We see possibility rather than impossibility in our work. We invest in our relationships and honor the milestones on the road to achieving meaningful change. We bring compassion to our work and a commitment to learning from our successes and failures.
Humility: We recognize our grantees and partners face incredible challenges every day, and no one has all the answers. We strive to listen deeply, to engage with and learn from diverse perspectives and to act respectfully, from a place of purpose, not ego.
Collaboration: We believe we can go further by working together to generate solutions. We actively collaborate and build partnerships with grantees, funders and the people we serve. We constantly seek to improve and proactively share what we learn, with our partners and the fields in which we work.
As a Foundation, we live by the words of a great Jewish sage, who said: “While no one person is obligated to complete the task of tikkun olam (repairing the world), neither is anyone free to desist from it.”
Diversity Statement (Adopted August 2007)
The Charles and Lynn 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.