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Mission And Values

*We are pleased for the attention our message received at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Foundation does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.



The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.

Guided by our Jewish values, we support effective programs, innovative partnerships and a dynamic approach to philanthropy in our core areas of interest: advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society; strengthening the sense of commitment and responsibility towards the American Jewish community among Israeli leadership; and modeling the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide.

We aim to operate as a non-partisan strategic catalyst in our areas of focus in cooperation with the government, private sector, civil society, and philanthropies. We are driven by the values of social justice, equality, and tikkun olam.

Read more about our Key Principles in Philanthropic Practice

Read more about our Key Principles in Media and Advocacy

The Foundation provides funding, leadership, expertise and insight in both the U.S. and Israel, with offices in both countries. (Meet our staff!)


The work of the Ruderman Family Foundation reflects our core values of social justice, innovation, collaboration, and agility.  We seek to publicize broadly what we do in our programs and how we do it, in order to inspire the global Jewish community to pursue full inclusion and to encourage strategic philanthropy.

Senator Tom Harkin addresses the 2015 Ruderman Inclusion Summit in Boston

Senator Tom Harkin addresses the 2015 Ruderman Inclusion Summit in Boston