Who We Are


Who We Are

A central part of the Jewish faith is the idea of righteous giving. Indeed, “tzedakah,” the Hebrew word for charity, is derived from the root word “tzadei-dalet-qof,” which represents the concept of justice and fairness. In Jewish tradition, giving to charity is not seen as a generous act, but as a necessary part of life, an obligation that is imperative for members of a righteous society to fulfill.

The Finker-Frenkel Legacy Foundation has embodied this ideal since its inception. We are deeply committed to bettering the world around us through giving and helping to connect those who share this passion with those in dire need. At our core, we believe that every good deed, no matter how small, has the potential to create a ripple effect of positive opportunity for the next generation. By focusing primarily on funding medical, educational and child wellness initiatives, the Foundation is investing directly in the future of our communities.

Our ultimate philanthropic mission is to foster permanent positive change, and we understand that this kind of change cannot come about in a day. Whether we are giving low-income deaf populations access to free hearing aids, helping to improve the lives of children battling critical illnesses or funding scholarships that enable more people to pursue higher education, our focus is always on the long-term implications of our charitable work.

As a family-run organization, we are devoted to passing down this tradition of giving for generations to come. The entire Finker-Frenkel family – Raissa, Lazar and their children, Eugene and Steven – are involved in helping the Foundation achieve its goals.

“The Foundation is a legacy that will bring future generations together to change the world.”​
A headshot of Dr. Lazar Finker, the director of the Finker-Frenkel Foundation.
Lazar Finker