Since laying roots in New Jersey as a young businessman, Russ felt tremendous gratitude towards his home state. He continually sought to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by supporting major cultural, educational and medical institutions and by celebrating everyday individuals transforming their communities through volunteer work. Our foundation has invested in institutions such as Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Holy Name Medical Center and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh/Russ Berrie Home for Jewish Living, a residential and outpatient facility offering state-of-the-art nursing and geriatric care on a 16-acre park-like campus. Our substantial investments in the New Jersey Jewish community include the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program, which galvanizes the next generation of Jewish community leaders by building their skills and deepening their knowledge of Jewish text and values. To learn more about the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Awards, which shine a spotlight on the state’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, please click here.
Selected Recent Grants
Jewish Home Family To support the creation of a new rehabilitation center and to redesign and upgrade the existing skilled nursing facility, ensuring that the elderly are served in a manner that is compassionate, attentive and consistent with Jewish values.
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey To support this cornerstone philanthropy in its work creating a strong, collaborative, caring and vibrant Jewish community in northern New Jersey, Israel and abroad, by increasing Jewish engagement and identity, providing supportive services to those in need and forging deep connections between northern New Jersey and Israel.
Diabetes Prevention Initiative To create two innovative, community-based diabetes prevention pilot programs in Bergen County, partnering with respected local institutions and with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to develop effective programs that will strengthen the field.
Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award To honor New Jersey’s most exceptional unsung heroes by publicly recognizing their efforts to transform their communities and bestowing them with cash prizes of up to $50,000.
Berrie Fellows Leadership Program To raise the individual and collective capacity of seasoned lay leaders in the northern New Jersey Jewish community, through an intensive 18-month fellowship that incorporates organizational skill development and immersive Jewish learning.
Holy Name Medical Center To build and expand the Institute for Simulation Learning, a state-of-the-art immersive environment that has revolutionized medical training for hospital staff and provided emergency preparedness training for police officers, educators, students and other community members.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center To support their ongoing work providing humanistic care to the community.