Congratulations to Lynn and Stacy Schusterman upon being chosen as recipients of the 2022 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.
They receive the prestigious medal for advancing racial, gender, and economic equity through investments in areas such as K–12 education, democracy and voting rights, gender and reproductive equity, and criminal justice; and supporting Jewish communities and a secure, inclusive Israel.
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.
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.
2022 recipients of the medal include Manu Chandaria from Kenya for advancing opportunity and addressing critical needs in Africa through investments in health-care infrastructure, secondary and higher education, poverty relief, and environmentalism.
Lyda Hill an American philanthropist for investments in the life sciences, including cancer and mental health research and treatment; conservation; supporting women in STEM fields and inspiring girls to be interested in STEM careers; and empowering community-based nonprofits to maximize impact.
Entertainer Dolly Parton receives the recognition for her foundation’s efforts in alleviating poverty, strengthening early childhood education through the distribution of free books worldwide, increasing college access, and advancing medical research, including on pediatric infectious diseases and the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, bestowed by the Carnegie family of institutions since 2001, seeks to inspire a culture of giving by recognizing outstanding philanthropists who reflect the values of Andrew Carnegie and his philosophy of giving—that the surplus wealth of the few should be administered “for the good of the people.”