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The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation believes that every person has the potential and deserves the opportunity to lead a happy and productive life. A quality education holds the key to much of this. Today, many young people in California and beyond are denied the education they deserve. The status quo has not served them well. We seek out organizations that turn the tables on this unacceptable reality to ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential. This is our primary focus.

The Foundation also recognizes that human suffering takes many different forms and affects people from all walks of life. For this reason, we also support organizations which alleviate suffering, take aim at its root cause and give people a fair shot at their own success.

For more than twenty years, the Foundation has had the privilege of collaborating with organizations and individuals who are leaders in their fields. Their work has informed and extended our own. We have learned both from our successes and our failures about the challenges of making a measurable impact. And while our primary focus is California, we recognize that positive impact here will come from those working within and beyond our geographic boundaries. We have enormous respect for the leadership, passion and ingenuity shown by so many working to transform the lives of others. We will continue to seek out organizations which share these qualities and which work tirelessly to make the world a better place.

The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation was established by Charles and Helen Schwab in 1987. It is a private foundation and is separate from The Charles Schwab Corporation and from the Charles Schwab Corporate Foundation.