Scott Berrie: To make change, look farther upstream (Funder Stories)

Scott Berrie shares the moving story of his father's legacy, his father's death, and how his family has shifted their philanthropy in order to move from treating symptoms to addressing the entire ecosystem.

#2 in a series of Funder Stories videos produced in partnership with ELI Talks. JFN members recorded these personal stories about what giving means in their lives at the JFN 2019 International Conference.


What or who inspires you most as a Jew?


What do you think Jewish philanthropy can teach the rest of the world today?

That we need to take care of each other.

One thing you wish non-funders would know about the work you do:

That it's vast, confusing and doesn't have a linear path.

Your foundation:

Russell Berrie Foundation (New Jersey)

How long has the foundation existed?

30 years.

The foundation's mission:

We identify visionaries, institutions and unsung heroes doing groundbreaking work, and we amplify their impact by providing financial and strategic support.

Communities that the foundation serves:

Northern New Jersey / Metropolitan area

Main issues you fund:

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.