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.
in the News
Scientists at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered an enzyme deficiency in stem cell-derived nerve cells of those with Prader-Willi syndrome.
A Native American chief who fought to protect New Jersey's mountainous Highlands region received the top prize at a ceremony honoring 11 unsung community heroes for their extraordinary work.
To the broad vision of the Foundation, Forbes magazine writes, Angelica Berrie has "added as her personal mission the 'cross-pollination' of cultures and ideas and making connections between people."