Lynn Schusterman serves as chair emerita of Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. She and her late husband, Charles, began their family foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1987. Through her philanthropy over the past four decades, she has been recognized as a proud supporter of Israel, the Jewish people, and her family’s hometown of Tulsa, as an advocate for addressing child abuse and neglect, as a champion of educational opportunities for all young people, and as a pioneering funder of inclusion and equality. As she wrote in 2012, “We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity, and equality are paramount.” In 2011 Lynn Schusterman signed the Giving Pledge, a promise by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.
Stacy Schusterman is a philanthropist and businesswoman. As chair of Schusterman Family Philanthropies, she oversees approximately $400 million in annual grantmaking that is invested in shaping more just and inclusive societies in the U.S. and Israel. The daughter of Charles and Lynn Schusterman, she continues the work her parents began to shape joyful and inclusive Jewish communities and to strengthen Israel as a secure homeland for the Jewish people, a thriving democracy and an inclusive society. Under her leadership, the foundation has prioritized the advancement of racial, gender, and economic equity in the U.S. through investments in K–12 education, gender and reproductive equity, democracy and voting rights, and criminal justice reform.
Over the past three decades, the Schusterman family has given more than $2 billion through their philanthropy. Among their many investments, they founded the Haruv Institute in Israel to provide training for professionals to address child abuse and neglect. They helped launch Repair the World to mobilize young Jewish adults and their communities through service and volunteerism. They have supported teacher development and the recruitment of teachers of color as part of their broader commitment to strengthening the U.S. education system. They are also major investors in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and criminal justice reform, including through their partnership with the Blue Meridian donor collaborative. Furthermore, the Schustermans invest deeply in the leadership and equality of women and girls, including through their involvement in the Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity, and they have worked to help preserve safe, free, and fair access to voting.
For Lynn Schusterman and Stacy Schusterman, even as their philanthropy has expanded, it remains rooted in their deeply held Jewish values, including the pursuit of justice, repairing the world, and treating all people with dignity and respect. As Stacy Schusterman recently affirmed, “At the core of our work is our commitment to showing up with humility, embracing ongoing learning and listening deeply to our grantees and to the people and communities most impacted by the issues we address. We believe we all need to seek to understand each other’s stories and perspectives, and to foster complex conversations to better understand the full context of the issues we support.”