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