We identify visionaries, institutions and unsung heroes doing groundbreaking work, and we amplify their impact by providing financial and strategic support. We invest in areas that reflect our founder's passions and perspective, including diabetes care and research, Israel's cultural and economic vitality, interfaith bridge-building, elevating the profession of sales and strengthening community in New Jersey.
Russell Berrie, founder, chairman and CEO of the celebrated gift company bearing his name, was one of the most innovative philanthropists of his generation. He approached philanthropy as a social investment, seeking out energetic leaders with a sense of urgency around their missions and infusing The Russell Berrie Foundation with an entrepreneurial spirit that continues to inspire our work.
"If I had to choose one word to summarize the incredible week that the Board of Trustees and senior leadership of The Russell Berrie Foundation spent in Israel earlier this fall, it would have to be ‘innovation,’” Ruth Salzman writes in a Letter From Our CEO. “Over the course of a whirlwind five-day retreat, we learned about the myriad ways that organizations and leaders we’ve invested in are improving Israel’s society, economy and culture by identifying critical challenges, thinking about them creatively and developing innovative solutions to effect lasting change.” To read the full letter, please click here.
The Russell Berrie Foundation mourns the passing of our dear Trustee Emeritus, Norman Seiden z”l, a wise and farsighted community leader and role model who inspired us to do more and to do it right. For three generations, Norman shaped his philanthropy around community and Israel, investing in the Technion as a means of ensuring Israel’s future through the global advancement of cutting-edge technology. The Russell Berrie Foundation had the rare privilege of working closely with Norman, whose probing mind elevated our giving in ways that transform our community and aspire to secure Israel’s place in the world. To read our full tribute, please click here.