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Schlesinger Family Foundation

The Schlesinger Family Foundation was founded in 1982 with the purpose of enhancing the Oregon and Southwest Washington communities in the areas of medical research and care, higher education and by promoting the welfare of our communities.

In continuing their legacy, over the last 35 years the Foundation has partnered with some of the most reputable non-profit organizations and local universities in the Oregon and SW Washington communities. The foundation was a longtime sponsor of The Virtuoso Evening event. An annual event that has raised over $2 million dollars for four local charities dedicated to research and treatment in the fight against diabetes. In addition the foundation has sponsored numerous scholarships at Portland State University and other academic institutions helping many students further their education.

In 2015, the Schlesinger family was honored by Portland State University at the Simon Benson Award Dinner for their philanthropic work in the Portland community.

For foundation inquiries please use the following contact information:

Schlesinger Family Foundation
610 SW Alder, Suite 1221
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 223-4128

Email the Schlesinger Family Foundation

Foundation Giving Since Inception: $2.5M

Notable Giving Achievements:

  • A Virtuoso Evening Presenting Sponsor 1995-2005
  • 2010 JDRF Award Recipient
  • Portland State University School of Business Classroom
  • Randall Children’s Hospital Patient Room
  • 2015 Portland State University Simon Benson Award Recipient for Philanthropy
  • Albertina Kerr Classroom
  • Portland State University David Weisenberg Endowed Scholarship
  • Portland State University Ralph & Bunny Schlesinger Endowed Scholarship
  • University of Oregon School of Arts and Architecture Endowed Scholarship
  • Oregon Health Science University Endowed Scholarship
  • Pitzer College Endowed Scholarship
  • 2015 Willamette Week Gift Guide 35 and Under Challenge Sponsor
  • 2016 Willamette Week Gift Guide 35 and Under Challenge Sponsor
  • 2017 Willamette Week Gift Guide 35 and Under Challenge Sponsor

Schlesinger Family Foundation Contributions

  • Albertina Kerr
  • Alzheimer Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Black Parent Initiative
  • Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington
  • Brody Borlaug Foundation
  • CASA for Children, Inc.
  • Cedar Sinai, Robison Jewish Health Center
  • Children's Trust Fund of Oregon
  • Creative Advocacy Network
  • Doernbecker Children’s Hospital
  • Dress for Success
  • Gales Creek Camp for Diabetic Children
  • Girl Scouts, USA
  • Gladstone School District
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Innovation Partnership
  • Israel Children’s Center
  • Jack, Will & Rob Kids Foundation
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
  • JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kittelson Education Trust
  • Komen Foundation - Portland Race for the Cure
  • Lake Oswego School Foundation
  • Legacy Health Systems:
    o Good Samaritan/Diabetes Research
    o Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Lincoln High School Foundation
  • Loaves & Fishes Center
  • Marathon Education Partners
  • New Avenues for Youth
  • Oregon Chiefs of Police
  • Oregon Children’s Foundation
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Oregon Health & Science University – Endowed Scholarship, Foundation, and Doernbecker Hospital
  • Oregon Humane Society
  • Oregon Independent College Found.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Resource Center
  • Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Found.
  • Oregon Wildlife Federation
  • Oregon Youth Soccer Foundation
  • Oregon Zoo Foundation
  • p:ear
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Portland Center Stage
  • Portland State University
    o BWS Scholarship Fund
    o Simon Benson Awards
    o Real Estate Conference
    o Real Estate Scholarship
    o School of Business Building Fund
    o SOMA Eco District
    o Real Estate Breakfast
    o David Weisenburg Memorial
    o Urban Pioneer Awards Dinner
  • Project Youth Music – Moonstruck Family
  • Rising Stars Program/OMSI
  • Riverdale Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Schoolhouse Supplies
  • SMART - Start Making A Reader Today
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association
  • University of Oregon – School of Arts & Architecture
  • Virtuoso Dinner/Good Samaritan Diabetes Research
  • Washington Park Free Concerts
  • Water Watch of Oregon



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Schlesinger Companies

Physical Address
610 SW Alder, Suite 1221
Telephone Number
Phone: 503-223-4128
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