Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Established in 1994 in OR
Purpose and Activities
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
Care to Share Program
In September 1997, the foundation established the "Care to Share" program. The program is designed to assist low-income Portland, OR, families in acquiring basic needs. The program collaborates with existing programs to target and provide families with food, clothing, school supplies, medical and other emergency needs. The program also helps finance programs that encourage and allow positive family interaction. The goal of the program is to help focus on the needs of low income families to allow them to return to productive participation in our society and to enhance self-esteem. Care to Share is designed to assist families who meet an income criteria. Families with income at or near to the poverty line will be able to access clothing, shoes, emergency assistance, school supplies and other support. Importantly, the program also directly supports family medical needs that are not otherwise met through federal and state programs. Medical needs supported by the foundation ranged from providing transportation, to dental work, to emergency surgical procedures.
The foundation believes there should be an opportunity for young people to improve the quality of life in their communities. The CommuniCare program was established as a pilot program to provide an environment where teens will learn about the needs of their community and thus promote a long-term understanding and ethic of philanthropy and voluntarism in "giving back to your community." The goal is to help build a city that is known for its encouragement of teen participation as they become adult citizens in the community. This will be accomplished by offering students an opportunity to "make a difference" in their community by engaging in community service that is challenging, rewarding and educational.
The foundation has created a program where they make PRIs in the form of loans available to other 501(c)(3) organizations to further their charitable activities.
Fields of Interest
- Arts and culture
- Diseases and conditions
- Human services
- Youth services
- Children and youth
- Economically disadvantaged people
- Jewish people
- Low-income and poor people
- Multipurpose centers
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $45,497,197 (market value)
Total giving: $3,105,602
Qualifying distributions: $3,570,497