Lois and Richard (Dick) England originally conceived of the family Foundation to accomplish a variety of philanthropic goals and to encourage their children to become involved in grantmaking. All three children, along with their spouses, contributed to the founding of the Foundation. It was Lois and Dick’s sincere hope that future generations of trustees will remain committed to the integrity and goals of their original mission to promote equity. In that spirit, both second and third generation family members and most of their spouses, serve as trustees on the board of the Foundation. All are grateful to Lois and Dick for establishing the Foundation, as well as inspiring integrity and charitable giving throughout their lives.
The family is passionate about their responsibilities as philanthropists to promote social justice as an embodiment of the Jewish call to repair the world, Tikkun Olam. Their energy and determination to live generously and create opportunities for others is boundless. The Foundation has retained the services of professional advisors to research, plan and strategize with the family in their grantmaking and lead efforts to leverage change that reaches beyond the Foundation’s philanthropic investments.
Since 1995, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants.