The Russell Berrie Foundation was created to express the values and passions of Russell Berrie through social investments in innovative ideas designed to:

Promote the continuity and enrichment of Jewish communal life

Support advances in medicine, focusing on diabetes and humanism in medicine

Foster the spirit of religious understanding and pluralism

Recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of others

Elevate the profession of sales

To fulfill this vision, Trustees of The Russell Berrie Foundation will be guided by the major themes set forth above, with New Jersey, Metropolitan New York and Israel as the primary geographic focus of grant making.