Schusterman Foundation
Friday, October 31, 2014 -

The Schusterman Family

Charles and Lynn Schusterman established their family foundation in 1987 and, for the next 13 years, worked together as equals to fashion their philanthropic agenda.
 
They were a wonderful team, perfectly complementary in both style and substance. They personified the old adage about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
 
Since Charles’ death in 2000, Lynn has continued to pursue the philanthropic course she first charted with her husband of 38 years. She is joined in this task by her daughter, Stacy Schusterman, the other director of the Foundation.

About:
Charles Schusterman
Lynn Schusterman
Stacy Schusterman
 
 


Charles Schusterman
 
Widely known and respected for his skills in business, Charles was featured in Fortune magazine and served on many corporate boards of directors.  Included among those groups were several Oklahoma financial institutions and various regional independent oil and gas associations. 
 
Charles contributed much of his time to civic organizations to further causes in which he believed. This included serving on the boards of such diverse groups as STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), PEJE (the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education), Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the Energy Institute of the Americas and the Israel Arts & Science Academy.
 
Diagnosed in 1983 with chronic myelogenous leukemia, Charles entered an experimental protocol and lived far longer than the few years he was originally told to expect. He died on December 30, 2000, from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), a complication of leukemia.

What Charles was able to accomplish during his last 18 years, both in business and in philanthropy, is more than remarkable. Given his medical condition, it is nothing less than astounding.
 
Charles received many honors during his extraordinary life, among the most notable of which were his inductions into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Tulsa Hall of Fame and the Central High School Hall of Fame.
 
For more information on his life, please read Charles Schusterman: He Lived the American Dream
 

Lynn Schusterman 

Born in Kansas City and raised in Oklahoma City, Lynn Schusterman first learned about philanthropy from her father. His words and deeds impressed upon her the importance of helping others help themselves. Today, Lynn speaks and lives those same values as chair of her family foundation. 
 
Lynn also plays a leadership role at a multitude of national and international charitable organizations. Among her current responsibilities are serving as president of STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), president of the B’nai B'rith Youth Organization and co-chair of the International Board of Governors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Her local activities are equally numerous. She is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Parent-Child Center, the Foundation for Tulsa Schools, and Family and Children’s Services, Inc. 
 
Over the years, Lynn has received many prestigious honors and awards. In 2006 she was inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and in 2003 into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the 2004 recipient of the Kipkis-Wilson/Friedland Lion of Judah Award from the UJC National Women’s Philanthropy. Three times Lynn has been named one of the 50 most influential Jews in North America by The Forward, a Jewish newspaper. In 2001, Lynn was named one of Oklahoma's Most Influential Women by Oklahoma Family Magazine and, along with Charles, was inducted by the Tulsa Historical Society into the Tulsa Hall of Fame.
  

Stacy Schusterman 

Stacy Schusterman serves as Chairman and CEO of Samson Investment Company, a private oil and gas company active in the United States, Canada and the North Sea. She is also the Founder and CEO of Granite Properties, a commercial real estate company active throughout Texas, the Denver area and Atlanta. She is Vice President and Treasurer of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Executive Committees of BBYO, AIPAC, and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Hillel's International Board of Governors, and on the board of Natan. Stacy is a past president of B'nai Emunah Synagogue in Tulsa. 
 
Stacy is a graduate of Yale University and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. 
Charles Schusterman was the Chairman of the Board of Samson Investment Company. Samson is engaged in the production, development and exploration for oil and gas reserves everywhere from the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico through most states west of the Mississippi to the frozen tundra of Canada, as well as in Russia and Venezuela. Today, Samson ranks among the 20 largest independent oil and gas companies in the United States.


The Schusterman Foundation – Israel (SFI) was created by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF) to help strengthen the fabric of Israeli society by providing funding, technical assistance and leadership for new and existing initiatives.