Honoring 100 for the 100th: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation

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 and experiences 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 the foundation’s guiding philosophy: working today to build a better tomorrow.

While the foundation has grown to accommodate new challenges and opportunities over the years, it remains as it 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 the foundation is a multi-office, global network of initiatives and entities. They are proud of the hundreds of thousands of young people and scores of organizations it supports 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.

The foundation’s ambitions are large and continue to evolve, as it adapts to deliver the greatest impact in the core focus areas: the Jewish community, Israel, public education in the United States and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The foundation pursues a mission guided by the belief that tomorrow can be better than today and committed to inspiring progress through big ideas, bold action and hard work.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s 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. The 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.

You can explore their interactive timeline and experience firsthand the work and impact of the family, foundation and partners.

In addition to the legacy gift that created the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation continues to make an impact on the School and its success both on campus and in the community. One recent example being Haruv USA, an initiative with The Haruv Institute at Hebrew University in Jerusalem that focuses on comprehensive, inter-professional education and training for students and professionals who touch the lives of children from a wide variety of settings, along with research for the identification, prevention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, with an emphasis on underserved children and families.

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.

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