About The Erwin Rautenberg Foundation:
Near the end of his life, Erwin Rautenberg contemplated the disposition of his wealth with a circle of confidants, including his longtime accountant Tom Corby, and Foundation President & CEO Marvin Schotland. When Mr. Rautenberg died in 2011, the bulk of his estate was bequeathed to the Erwin Rautenberg Foundation to benefit Jewish causes. Today, it holds assets of approximately $60 million, distributing millions per year in grant awards managed by the Jewish Community Foundation in a unique alliance between a private foundation and a community foundation. The Foundation's Center for Designed Philanthropy acts in an advisory capacity to guide giving and monitor grantmaking results.
About Erwin Rautenberg:
Erwin Rautenberg was born in Germany in 1920, and had the last bar mitzvah at his synagogue in Büeckeberg. At age 17, his father sent him to live in Argentina to escape Nazi persecution in Germany, hoping Erwin would obtain exit visas for his family to join him. His father was imprisoned following Kristallnacht in 1938, and died before World War II. The rest of his family perished in the Holocaust.
After the war, Erwin immigrated to Los Angeles and found work as a shipping clerk with a local trucking and freight-consolidation company. Recognizing the potential of post-war international trade, he established a division within the company, Air-Sea Forwarders. Rautenberg grew the enterprise and ultimately took ownership of Air-Sea Forwarders, which is still in operation today.
I think he'd be very proud that the monies awarded through the partnership between the Rautenberg Foundation and the Jewish Community Foundation, that Mr. Rautenberg worked so hard to earn, are being used in a very good way, the right way.
President of The Erwin Rautenberg Foundation
The Erwin Rautenberg Foundation's funding has included:
- Support for the Jewish Community Foundation's Cutting Edge Grants and Israel Grants programs
- Erwin Rautenberg New Leaders Project, a program of The Jewish Federation
- Yeshiva Gedolah LA
- Los Angeles Jewish Home
- Jewish Vocational Service