Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I am pleased to present our mission statement and guiding principles for the Taube Philanthropies, which are comprised of and implemented by the work of the Taube Family Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.
These philanthropies and their underlying philosophies reflect the experiences of my life, shaped to a large extent by my having had the good fortune to have been an immigrant to the United States from Poland, just weeks ahead of the Nazi terror unleashed on Poland and the world in 1939. I have witnessed the oppression of totalitarian regimes and I have benefited from the gifts of freedom and opportunity available to those of us who live in the greatest democracy the world has ever experienced.
To a large extent, a democracy such as ours has to be affirmed and nurtured by its people-in the case of Americans, the most generous of any population on earth. As an immigrant and direct beneficiary of American democracy, I have tried to fashion my own affirmation through the work and philosophies represented by Taube Philanthropies.
Please join us in celebrating our American and our Jewish heritage. We welcome your participation, your inquiries and your suggestions.
Taube Philanthropies believes strongly in collaborative funding, recognizing that bringing donors together to pool their resources can achieve much greater impact than a single charitable entity may otherwise be able to accomplish. "Collaborative funding is the wave of the future," says Tad Taube.
Numerous examples of collaborative giving can be seen in this website - most prominently, between Taube Philanthropies and the Koret Foundation, as the two foundations share similar values and missions. In addition, Taube Philanthropies partners with more than thirty donors and foundations to provide multi-year support of the Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland (JHIP). Focusing large sums of funds on ambitious programs such as the JHIP helps maximize the impact of each donor's gift.