Founders Circle

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies was created by an extraordinary $6 million challenge grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Schusterman Foundation has challenged other donors to join in matching this grant in order to better secure the center’s future. Gift commitments may be paid over five years as an outright gift, a planned gift, or a combination of both.

The Schusterman Center honors and recognizes donors who make gifts that meet this challenge by welcoming them into the center’s Founders Circle. These gifts are recognized at the following membership levels:

$1,000,000 and above
$100,000 to $999,999
$50,000 to $99,999
$25,000 to $49,999
$10,000 to $24,999
$5,000 to $9,999
$1,000 to $4,999
$999 and under

In particular, naming opportunities are available to create lasting sources of support in the following areas:

  • Faculty chairs in Jewish history, thought, and text studies each endowed at $1 million.
  • Faculty professorships in social science and literature each endowed at $300,000.
  • Undergraduate Presidential Scholarships each endowed at $50,000.
  • An endowment for special events (lectures, conferences, film series, and exhibits) at $1 million.

The center also seeks annual program support of $100,000 for each of the next five years, for faculty research, travel abroad to Israel, lecture series, and travel to conferences.

For more information on the Founders Circle or on how to create an endowment, please call (512) 475-9763 or email Kathleen M. Aronson at