The RUSSELL BERRIE foundation

The RUSSELL BERRIE foundation

The Russell Berrie Foundation was created to express the values, passions and ideas of the late Russell Berrie.

The foundation supports individuals and non-profit organizations that are able to respond to the unique challenges of a rapidly changing world and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Honored as the 2001 Outstanding Foundation by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Russell Berrie Foundation takes a proactive approach to find dynamic leaders with the passion, energy and commitment to be the driving force behind programs that fulfill the broad vision of its founder: improving the well being of society.

The philanthropic initiatives of the Russell Berrie Foundation include fostering continuity and enrichment of Jewish communal life and the encouragement of religious tolerance; issues of health, either research or treatment, with emphasis on diabetes and humanism in medicine; recognition of individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of others, and support for the arts, especially as it relates to strengthening the arts in our community.

For more information:  The Russell Berrie Foundation web site

On June 2, 2009, Architect Dr, Santiago Calatrava, unveiled "The Obelisk" sculpture,  a campus landmark, which recognizes the contiributions to Technion by the Russell Berrie Foundation in establishing RBNI, the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute. 

The 28 meter tall stainless steel Obelisk is a kinetic sculpture created by Dr. Santiago Calatrava.

To watch "the Obelisk" in motion - Please click here